I have a small, ugly, little block suet feeder cage hanging on a trellis where I can see it from where I sit to use the computer.
This morning, there were two small woodpeckers, Downy, I think, though maybe Hairy (they look a lot alike, but are different sizes). In my Peterson guide, it says you can tell male from female because the males have a red patch on the back of the head, and females don't.
So these woodpeckers. The female is right on the cage thing, and the male is on the trellis, and both are pecking at the suet. Then the female reaches over and feeds the male. And again and again. So what's happening?
Is this some sort of courtship/mating thing?
I'd just assumed that males don't get the red spot thing until they're mature, but maybe they do, and this is a baby getting fed by Mom?
What struck me was that he was right there, pecking at the suet, and she'd feed him anyway.