Red-Bellied Woodpecker Family

July 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

They are gone...

At the end of June, the male and female were still nesting. I left for a one week vacation to Disney World to celebrate my daughter's 16th birthday and apparently, the babies were born during that time. They were so noisy morning, noon and night. We definitely thought that there were at least 2 or more babies inside the nest. I'm not sure if we ever saw more than 1 baby though. It became quieter as time went on and I'm not sure they all survived. 

The first few pictures below are of the female and were taken just before my vacation. She was still busy working on the nest. The rest of the pictures were taken between July 1st until July 9th. At least I was able to capture a little bit of activity from a few feedings. Aside from a few seeds from our feeder, I saw a fresh lizard served up along with some other flowering plants and such. 

Both the male and female were looking pretty rough before they disappeared, but it seems that after breeding they molt, so I'll assume that's why their feathers looked so bad. One day recently I witnessed the male woodpecker cleaning out the nest. He came out with a beak full of stuff. Again, not sure how many babies survived and as of this week, they've all disappeared.

The nest is empty. 

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