Friday, April 11, 2014
Downy Woodpeckers Begin Making Nest Cavity
This male approaches the nest hole he has been working on.
These woodpeckers are shy and do not like me stopping to photograph them, even though I am standing on one of Springbrook's trails while taking this picture.
The male here is about to begin another work session where he uses his beak to break out small pieces of wood to shape the cavity the correct size and depth.
I would need lots of tools and rulers to make this, but he does it all by "eye."
Here he is at work. He seems to just be getting started, as he is not going in very far.
The female is always close by, as can be seen below.
Her leg band is very visible here.
She seems to be casually looking for food in the bark of the tree as she watches the male working on the cavity.
I was surprised to hear her "drumming," which is the way woodpeckers declare their territory areas. I had thought only the males did this.