Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fledglings


I'm Hungry!


A thin, high pitched, incessant cheeping drew my attention to the fledgling cardinal. It flew down from a tree above the feeder, landing on the deck rail near where its dad was gathering sunflower seeds, and waited expectantly, if not patiently.


Breakfast for baby cardinal


It paid off. The young ones have been running their parents ragged lately with their voracious appetites and pleading cries.


Carolina wren in grass

Carolina wrens were busy, too, searching high...


Carolina wren

and low...


Carolina wren feeding

...for food for the nestlings in the basket.


Carolina wren's first day out

They fledged this evening, just before dusk. One of them was perched on the woodpile as we walked by, and when we went inside, 3 others popped into view. They took short practice flights around the porch, cheered on by their watching parents.


Carolina wren fledgling

Tomorrow they'll be off in the wild blue, but we hope they remember home and come around to visit. We'll leave the light on.



Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday


7 comments:

Cathy said...

Aw, they are so cute! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! The juvenile wrens look just as grumpy as the adults. LOL!

BumbleVee said...

Awww...they are indeed so cute....

Lady Fi said...

Wow - amazing shots.

betty-NZ said...

This is a lovely series of birds! I love seeing the parents teaching babies how to be birds!

Stewart M said...

They look so small and helpless at that age - but they do grow fast.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Really cute pictures.. Happy weekend ahead