At this time of year at the banding stations, it is not uncommon to catch newly fledged birds. Often we catch adults and babes in the net at the same time, like the sparrows I posted yesterday, and these Yellow Warblers:
Another fun capture was a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak baby. We were loaded up with birds and I didn’t get a picture. Here’s a picture of siblings from last year at SWAT:
Last Saturday at CLDC we caught just the one female baby, and she squawked like crazy the whole time we had her. Mom came very close to the banding station with her bill full of food. When we released Baby, Mom flew after her, ready to stuff that food down her throat, no doubt. I hope we didn’t traumatize Baby or Mom too much.
Here is another set of parents and babies I happened to catch on “film” the same day:
Are these babies as cute as the Yellow Warbler?