Thursday, May 5, 2016

Who Likes Baby Birds?


                                                            Fledgling Warbling Vireo


                                                               Yellow Warbler (Male)

                                                                 
                                                                       Cedar Waxwing


                                                                        Green Heron


                                                            Fledgling Carolina Chickadee


                                                             Clay-colored Sparrows


50-72 degrees F/0700-1030 hrs./light and variable NW winds


As luck would have it, there were a couple of recently fledged(baby) birds that made it into my
viewfinder.  The first was the Warbling Vireo, and the other was the Carolina Chickadee.  Young birds
can be discerned by their yellow gape (bill area), so you can see that these were both youngsters.  They also have very short tails.

Green Heron was discovered bringing branches back to a nest site, so it was safe to say that the
herons are also having thought of procreating, too.  This will be the third year in this location for
the Green Herons, who don't normally colonize, but it certainly looks hopeful.

Cedar Waxwings are still in residence, and Boomer Lake has a large amount of mulberries, a favorite
of our neotropical migrants.  Until these birds have young, they will be eating fruit and returning to the nest with protein for the little ones, which makes them grow rapidly.

There are still plenty of Yellow Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers in the vicinity for your viewing pleasure, and there are more birds coming.