Years ago my friend Liz told me that woodpeckers would often bring their young to her feeder and teach them how to eat seeds and suet. The idea of that enchanted me. Last summer I was fortunate enough to have several families of woodpeckers bring their newly-fledged babies here to my feeders, and show them the ropes. The young look almost exactly like the adults by the time they are old enough to leave the nest and go flitting about looking for snacks. However, they behave very differently from the grown up birds. They flap their wings and squawk and flutter about in a very clumsy and comical manner. Today a lot of activity at the feeder caught my eye, and I looked out to see this mama Hairy woodpecker with a chick in tow. I was very excited to get a couple of shots of her feeding her big baby.
Then they moved to the deck rail and she helped her chick sample some suet. After that they headed for the trees, no doubt in search of a bug or two for dessert.