Weekend Coffee Share (5/01/16): New development…

If I were having coffee with you, my friend, I’d tell you Mr. and Mrs. W had babies last week. I don’t know exactly when, but a few days ago, I noticed that they both were constantly flying in and out of their nest.

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It works like this, when one is back with food, the other is sitting by the nest and getting ready to fly out to get food. It goes on between 7 am and 7 pm, and will go on for another 3, 4 weeks.

See how they looking right and left to ensure the safety before changing their shift:

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As soon as Mrs. W left, Mr. W looked around again, then went in…

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When Mrs. W came back with a worm she caught. “Wow, I bet babies will love it!” Mr. W said.

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This time, Mr. W was back with a fruit nut, Mrs. W was impressed, “Where did you get that?”

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Wasting no time, Mrs. W was ready to take off.

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I was happily snapping away through the window. All of a sudden, I saw Mrs. W was staring at me, “Stop clicking, Amy!” obviously, she was pretty annoyed.

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Just couple of more clicks…

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I thought this was the most safe place for them, until I saw a predator was standing above the nest; a couple of minutes later, he was flying toward the nest. I wasn’t sure if Mr. or Mrs. W was home. In no time, Mrs. W showed up from inside of the nest, Mrs. W and the predator were face to face, and she was ready to attack! The predator turned back and ran. But, Mrs. W fearlessly chased after the predator! At the same time, Mr. W dashed home to protect their babies. I was pretty shaky while I was watching the scene from my kitchen window.

Thank God, nestlings were safe! Mr. and Mrs. W learn quickly, now they fly up to the top of the tree to check around before they go in the nest.

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If I were having coffee with you, I’d tell you… As I have been watching these two woodpeckers feeding and protecting nestlings day in and day out and take no break, I choose my woodpecker neighbors for this week’s Admiration.

I was lucky to capture the photo below. Mr. W was flying back with his wings stretching out beautifully.

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 Have a great day! 🙂

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