A DOWNY WOODPECKER FAMILY AT WORK
|A male Downy Woodpecker feeding a young Downy, Sugar River Forest Preserve; 6/2/2012.|
|A young male Downy peeking out of his nest waiting for a meal to show up, Sugar River Forest Preserve; 6/2/2012.|
|The male Adult Downy gives the young male Downy a stern look, Sugar River Forest Preserve; 6/2/2012.|
Then the father showed up (Above) and silenced the youngun. After it flew away, the chattering started again. I looked up, but this time it was a different young Downy. This one didn't have the red patch on its crown, so I knew it was a young female (Below)...
|A young female Downy peeking its head out of her nest waiting for some attention, Sugar River Forest Preserve; 6/2/2012.|
|The female Adult shows up to deal with her young Downy, Sugar River Forest Preserve; 6/2/2012.|
... then the female adult also shows up.
|A different male Downy baby? Sugar River Forest Preserve; 6/2/2012.|
After a bit, the young male popped his head out again, but upon analyzing it, I believed it was a third juvenal, because its bill looked bent, whereas the other male juvie had a straight bill. It was cool to see an entire family of Downy Woodpeckers, both adults and probably three of their babies. I found out from a very good website (Link Below) that most Downy broods will be between 3 -8 eggs, and the youngest (latest to hatch) frequently die. Also both the male and female take turns caring for the young while they are being fledged.