Woodpecker Chicks Fly The Nest

Spring Time

I am delighted by the drama in my front yard the last few weeks. The woodpecker that has frequented our Japanese Silk tree, for a number of years, has once again laid eggs in its trunk.

There is a nest of chickadees in the camellia bush about six feet from the tree that add their voice to the fray.

Vantage from the rose bush
Vantage from the rose bush | Source

The cacophony of bird noise outside my bedroom window is quiet fascinating. This is the third year the woodpeckers have nested there. The first year I did everything to block the perfectly round hole that occurred in the trunk, but whatever it was kept going right through my plugs . Some years earlier we had noticed that a wood pecker had killed one of the limbs of this tree. It over hung the house so, we took it down and thought nothing of it. . The next year when a hole appeared next to the one I had blocked and a huge black bee started to buzz around the tree. I called vector control. The man came and looked at the hole and said,

"You have a woodpecker nesting in your tree". The bee is not Africanized, but rather carpenter bees. They lay their eggs in small holes of trees. There are seldom more than one or two of them and they are relatively harmless. The woodpecker on the other hand wouldn't be in your tree unless it was rotted inside."

Not wanting to think about removing trees at the moment I thanked the man, took his card and watched to see if there would be baby birds. My patience was rewarded and the babies started chirping in late May and one day, while I was tending the rose in front, the babies played peek-a-boo and finally came out.

Baby wood pecker plays peek-a-boo.  He has a red star in the center of his head.
Baby wood pecker plays peek-a-boo. He has a red star in the center of his head. | Source

Around Town

After more hours just sitting watching the nest, than I care to admit, I took the dogs for a walk. I kept imagining I was hearing the momma woodpecker. About a quarter of a mile from home I stopped to chat with a friend. There in a tree just past her house was mother woodpecker. I had been trying to photograph her for a week. There she was clear as can be. My phone didn't have that kind of range so I was never able to get a clear picture of her.

I saw her about a mile from the house while I was getting gas one day. I imagined she was keeping an eye on me. It is like I have a pet woodpecker.

Gone

Life got busy and I didn't look at the nest for two days.

As I awoke on the third morning there was quiet. They were gone. Nothing but a perfectly round hole in my tree to indicate they had been there.

There are three different types of woodpeckers that could be enjoying the bugs in my tree; California, Nuttal, and Acorn. The specific type will have to wait until someone with birding experience comes my way.

Epilog

It is spring again. I have heard woodpeckers in the neighborhood, but didn't think they were my woodpeckers. Sunday while working on the garden one of my furry friends buzzed past me. They have come home to roost again.

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always exploring profile image

always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

So interesting..I loved it..Thank you for sharing..


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Loved your woodpecker video and your photo. We get different kinds of woodpeckers but the ones that hang around the most are the pileated woodpecker and we're sure they nest in the big holes in our trees but not sure where. Voted Up on your hub and shared.


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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Thank you! I love to hear the woodpecker tapping/drumming out a nest hole in spring when the weather is dry. Evocative sound. We have the beautiful green woodpecker and also the spotted. They're special birds completely involved with trees all of their lives.


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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What a lovely read. That woodpecker chick is so adorable. Good video too.


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Love the video and pictures. We have a number of woodpeckers in or area and I love watching and listening to them. Well done.


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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

I so envy you! You get to watch woodpeckers and take photos of them. They are so cute and darling! beautiful hub. Do write more about woodpeckers.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

peachpurple, Thank you for stopping. I will see what I can come up with.

bdegiulio, Woodpeckers are very interesting. Thank you for your kind words.

phoenix2327, I agree, the chick was so cute. I just wish I knew how many there were. Last year I saw three flew out of the nest.

chef de jour, Green woodpeckers must be beautiful.

If they stayed in the trees I would be somewhat happier. We have friends who have had their home attacked by woodpeckers.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

This was such a great Hub! I have always loved woodpeckers and often read up on ways to attract them, but never followed through with it. Thanks for the video and great pictures!


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Wow! You are blessed to have this type of woodpecker drama in your front yard. Thanks for sharing with us.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

How exciting for you, I would have been constantly watching the nest and getting nothing else done for sure!

Loved this, thank you and voted up


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Ms Dora, I have dragged everyone I could think of to see this drama. I have been grieving for my tree while enthralled by nature.

Catgypsy, You don't really want woodpeckers. They go into any wood that has bugs, unfortunately that includes houses. I don't know if the tree that houses these little creatures will last another year. For a woodpecker to nest the tree has to be hollow.

Movie Master, I set aside a whole day to watch. :)


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Thanks for that info!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

I am the same way watching chicks. I become terribly preoccupied. I worry so about them and then suddenly one day they leave the nest without so much as a goodbye! ;) I thoroughly enjoyed your video and Hub! Voted up, beautiful and interesting.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

lindacee- The most amazing thing happened three days ago. I was at the park and I heard my woodpeckers. I thought no way they have been gone for a couple of months. The next day I saw the bird leave the old nest. Glad you enjoyed the video.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

How adorable, all of it! I am just now trying to catch some birds and moving things in my photography and it isn't easy, doesn't hurt to try though. I did get a hummingbird moth that I did not even know existed! So cute.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Hummingbird moth how fascinating. Will have to research them


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

How exciting, I am glad you got to take a perfect picture of the baby woodpecker. :)


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

I loved to hear the tuk tuk sound made by woodpecker on trees in my childhood days. What a cute wood pecker baby. Nice shot and enjoyed the video. Welldone.


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stars439 3 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Birds are very fascinating. And when they make nests near you're home, and family thats like letting you know how much they trust you. God Bless You Dear Heart. Wonderful Hub.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

Hey stars439, I will have new video up in the next few days. Got a new camera for Christmas and it has a great zoom lens.


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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

I enjoyed this one - I love birds and watching young ones grow, so quickly, is exciting. The cheerful sound is wonderful!


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Dolores, Thank you for visiting. I think the wood peckers have cleared up the bug problem in the tree. I can hardly wait to prune it and see how it comes in next spring.

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