The red-cockaded woodpecker chicks have fledged their nest! They were last observed on Saturday, June 1 and are believed to have fledged either later in the day that Saturday or on Sunday, June 2. Two separate pairs of birders, one group from Virginia and one from Maryland, traveled to Big Woods Wildlife Management Area that Saturday to see the red-cockaded woodpeckers.
Both groups observed the parents tending to their chicks at the nest and beautifully captured their interactions in this series of photos.
Thank you to David Fleischmann and Cindy Hamilton for generously sharing your photos!
Although the young have fledged their nest, this family of red-cockaded woodpeckers may still be observed at Big Woods WMA. For information on visiting Big Woods WMA, click here.