Golden-fronted woodpeckers have a nest in the knot-hole of the fence post about 50' from our motorhome. We've been at this gate 4 weeks today and we've had the opportunity to watch their comings and goings. A couple of weeks ago Bill noted that something had changed... the eggs had hatched.
Male Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Since then we've observed the parents continually bringing food to their brood. Both the male and female birds are constantly flying in and out... all day long.
Easy to see how he got that name...
I've written about our Critter Buffet and included photos of some of the diners. We have a lot of Bullock's orioles and Friday I added an orange to the "spread". We haven't had any orioles visit yet... but yesterday the woodpeckers found the fruit and have since been constant visitors. In fact, they completely striped both halves of the orange of its pulp.
Good to the last bite!
Bill went into town this morning and stopped at the HEB to pick up some more oranges. Although we have some apples in the fridge, he bought a large
I sliced it and impaled it on my shepherd hook....
The female found the apple... wonder if her name is "Eve"?
I thought the birds really liked the orange, but since I've added the apple, they haven't even given the orange a second glance. I don't know how long we'll be at this location but probably not long enough to see the babies fledge. It's always a treat to watch bird parents bring their young to feed...
Look how she's cleaning up her plate!
(This is over a time span of several hours - many, many trips back and forth from the apple to the nest)
I took these photos from our motorhome window.... I feel like I have a ring-side seat at a very special presentation.
That's All For Today!