2015-01-22 / Nature

Early Season Housecleaning


A female Downy Woodpecker rests on branch above her mate. A female Downy Woodpecker rests on branch above her mate. A pair of Red-tailed Hawks, which nest inside the boundaries of the Norman Bird Sanctuary, was observed performing repairs to their nests recently. Red-tailed mates have a strong pair bonding and will often spend the off-season together, usually beginning their courtship and mating flights in March. This early housecleaning exercise may be a sign of early courtship for the pair.

A pair of Downy Woodpeckers was also observed performing possible early courtship routines as they moved about the woods of the Sanctuary. The two foraged together and followed each other from tree to tree. It is believed that many woodpecker species mate for life and this may be a mated pair.

– Jack Kelly



A male Downy Woodpecker forages at Norman Bird Sanctuary. A male Downy Woodpecker forages at Norman Bird Sanctuary.

A Red-tailed Hawk carries a branch in to repair its nest. (Photos by Jack Kelly) A Red-tailed Hawk carries a branch in to repair its nest. (Photos by Jack Kelly)

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