Downy Woodpeckers

This pair of Downy Woodpeckers was photographed at a backyard feeder in Northern Wisconsin.  Many mating birds (including the House Finch), in addition to feeding their chicks, feed each other -- seemingly an act of love.  The adult being fed will often cheep and flap its wings as though it was, once again, a chick.  This act may also serve as a way to distribute food for the chicks.  Here the female bird is feeding the male bird.

This photo was first published May 30, 2009 by City Birds.

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