Sunday, June 19, 2011

Young Birds

Juvenile Eastern Screech-OwlBarbara McKnight on Shasta Lane sent me this neat photo of one of a few juvenile Eastern Screech-Owls that have been visiting her birdbath lately. It's that time of year. Many of our breeding birds have already fledged young from their first nests of the season. So there are lots of new birds out there trying to figure out all the skills it takes to be an adult bird of their species. Many of these new birds are still following their parents around and sometimes still begging for food.  Lately I've seen family groups of Northern Cardinals, American Robins, Eastern Phoebes, Carolina Chickadees, and Black-crested Titmice. Some adult birds have started second nests by now too. So don't let the heat keep you inside all the time. There's still neat bird activity out there to observe and enjoy!

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