Just “Down” Cute

I found myself startled by a little bird landing just about a foot away from me on the branch while setting out the suet feeder. We studied each other for a moment.

And I realized my curious little friend was a downy woodpecker fledgling!

We’ve loved watching the fledgling hang out around the suet feeder. Is it my turn again yet? Keeps dad busy! Dad chased it away from the annoying sparrows. And played peek-a-boo. To say we’ve been charmed watching this little family around the suet feeder understates it.

I’ll share just two more photos.


Other birds I spotted this week included brown headed cowbirds (ugh), grackles, robins, starlings, cardinals, chickadees, tufted titmice, mourning doves, and our usual house finches along with the sparrows. And  how could I forget, our suet feeding blue jay? Reminds me…is it just here or are these birds around the suet feeder getting furrier all the time?  I say it every week but it may indeed be time to bring in the suet feeder for the summer. I said it shortly after the squirrel but then the downy fledgling arrived. I’ve not seen the downy woodpeckers today so perhaps when this suet block goes, I’ll take down the feeder for the summer.  (It’s getting a bit tedious trying to remember to bring it in each night as well.)

Joining in with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’

What birds did you spot this week?

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12 thoughts on “Just “Down” Cute

  1. P Slade

    Hi Jean. It is often apparent that recently fledged birds have little fear of man. I’m afraid that many will soon discover that all men do not necessarily like birds and will often do them harm. Have a nice week and enjoy your garden birds as you obviously do.

    1. Jean Post author

      That is sad but I’m hoping most the ones in this area stay safe. I really do love my little backyard birds! Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you for hosting your link up and giving me a place to share these cute little birds with others. I feel quite protective of the little fledgling.

  2. Eileen


    It is cute to have these young woodpeckers be so close, they do seem brave. Wonderful series of woodpecker photos. Thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!
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  3. Diane

    Thanks for your visit and comment. Gosh, how lucky can you get to have a woodpecker in the garden. Have a good day, Diane

    1. Jean Post author

      We’re pretty lucky to have a few woodpeckers visit our yard due to many large trees in the neighborhood. The flip side is on stormy days, we worry about tree branches breaking off and taking down wires, gutters, hitting the roof, etc. Well, that might be more my husband. We have had a fair amount of “discussions” about the trees in our yard. So far I’ve won and they’ve mostly stayed put. Hope you have a fantastic new week!

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