Fledglings

Fledglings have been appearing at my feeders for some time now.  Their parents coax them into the Holly tree, then bring a morsel of seed or suet.  There’s always a kerfluffle in the Holly branches as the fledges vie for first dibs.   I am fascinated at how patient the adult birds are as they show their offspring how to feed themselves.  After the safety of the Holly branches, the fledges enter the feeder domain.

Chestnut Back Chickadee chick perched atop the suet feeder.

Chestnut Back Chickadee chick perched atop the suet feeder.

Adult Chestnut Back Chickadee feeding fledgling.

Adult Chestnut Back Chickadee feeding fledgling.

More steady on their wings than their legs, landing in the right place is an iffy proposition.  Soon they figure it out, and fly over to try their luck at the feeders.

Chestnut Back Chickadee fledgling

Chestnut Back Chickadee fledgling

Designed to keep squirrels out, the enclosed suet feeder also provides a safe place where the little ones can get their land legs and feast on high energy food.

Baby Bush Tit and CB Chickadee size one another up.

Baby Bush Tit and CB Chickadee size one another up.

Bush Tit and Chestnut Back Chickadee fledges feeding on suet.

Bush Tit and Chestnut Back Chickadee fledges feeding on suet.

By the next day the fledges appear to be getting the hang of it!

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