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The past several weeks the adults birds have been bringing fledglings to the feeders to feed them and teach them how to eat at the feeders. This fledgling Yellow-bellied Sapsucker spent time around the feeder. The adult fed it on the feeder and but for about a week it would just set on the feeder and look at the grape jelly. It couldn’t quite figure out how to eat it.

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This Orchard Oriole had several fledglings to feed. One was much more insistent on getting fed than the other one.Orchard-Oriole-fledgling-14-7-_2107

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As I mentioned in an earlier post I had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker turn up at my feeding station. The second week of July I had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker fledgling show up at my feeding station. To say that it was clueless is an understatement. It landed at the station and just sat there for most of the morning. The adult was nowhere to be found. Finally the adult turned up and fed the fledgling some grape jelly. This went on for almost a week. The fledgling kept landing at different places on the feeder and looking at the grape jelly. Finally it seemed to develop a routine and would land at one spot and gradually work its way to s place below the grape jelly. That is as far as it got for several day. It would just sit and look at the jelly. Finally it hopped up to the feeder and seemed to be eating jelly that others had dropped on the outside of the feeder. Then one day it actually hopped up on the feeder and started eating. It was around for little over a week before both the adult and fledgling disappeared.

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Late in the spring I had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker turn up at my feeding station. This is the first time I had seen one on the farm and the first time one turned up at my feeding station. It was extremely shy and the slightest movement would cause it to fly from the feeder. It was around for almost a month before I could get a photo of it. It generally landed on the suet feeder but spent most of its time at the grape jelly feeder. It always seem to take the same route to reach the grape jelly and always fed at the same place.

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