Saturday, July 6, 2013

It’s a boy!

An update on the Downy Woodpecker nest, Papa Downy has been slowing down the number of trips to the nest. The amount of begging cries has greatly diminished. As far as I can tell, there is one surviving chick.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

And it’s a boy!

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

If you have been following then you know that Papa Downy has been doing all the work by himself. What happened to the female? I have a suspicion that he may have drove her off. The last couple of days, there has been a female returning to the nest site. Papa Downy just chases her off. Last night, she did a little drumming by the nest. Could it be her? The mystery is unsolved. What I do know is that Downy pairs share a territory an the males are the boss. In the off season, they often stay in contact by drumming and may not stay in close proximity. Who knows? But Papa Downy remained a dedicated provider and protector of the nest.

I believe that these are the final moments before the chick fledged. An hour later there was absolutely no activity at the nest.

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Helen said...

If he is keeping her away and letting the babes die, shame on him.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Well, we just don't know what the story is. I've seen the male a couple of times and a glimpse of what I think is the youngster. Only time will tell. It's a tough world out there with skunks, squirrels, raccoons and other hazards of life.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots!

eileeninmd said...

Steve, great shots of the nest and fledgling Downy! I hope the Momma is Ok.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely shots. I hope they'll all be okay.

Judy said...

Having the baby fledged and moving around will help reduce Papa's workload, I hope!!!

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