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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Feeding baby birds

I love the feeling of having my feeders fully loaded! Then I know everyone in my little world is fat and happy. That’s why seeing parent birds trying to teach baby birds to eat at feeders with tough love is hard for me to watch without commenting.

Last night I was watching the finches at the feeders. The babies were being adorable, flapping their wings and squeaking out a little feed mee tweet. Daddy just looked at the babies and continued to eat. Momma would sneak peeks but also wouldn’t feed the babies.

I'm a big boy now!
I can’t help yelling through the window, “Ahh someone just feed the baby. I’ll feed the baby if you want. He so hungry!” It seems like forever, but it couldn’t have been more than 3 minutes before the baby hops onto the feeder beside mom, still crying, turns his head and nibbles a little. Then he nibbles a little more. It’s so quiet, Momma bird looks up. I think she looks a little relieved and satisfied with her clever child figuring out how to feed himself, only to find the baby making eye contact and completely reverting back to crying and fluttering baby. Back to square one.

Related Articles:
Watch and listen for Baby Goldfinches http://listen-for-baby-goldfinches.html
Nyjer (thistle) isn't related to Canada Thistle http://bit.ly/Nt8Xxu
Goldfinch Migration http://bit.ly/MzGSPD
Are Goldfinches here in the winter? http://bit.ly/PZu5ML
Bird of the week: American Goldfinch http://bit.ly/PZum2a

1 comment:

Unknown said...

The writer so aptly describes what is going on at my feeders too!!! I have never before been blessed to see the "juveniles" at the feeders--and boy do they beg to be fed. It is such a "desperate" sound. However they ARE learning and that's good. Thanks also for such great pictures. I love your blog site. Tricia in Whitmore Lake.