Saturday, April 20, 2013

Small Wonders

[Fledgling Northern Mockingbird, maybe one that should have stayed a nestling a little longer, Odessa, TX April 20, 2013. Click to enlarge.]

Like I told the group, I love finding rare birds. I love seeing exotic birds in exotic places. But I REALLY love striking incidents and behaviors provided by familiar birds, like the baby Northern Mockingbirds next to the hotel tonight, and their parents which diligently fed them on the ground. These little guys maybe should have stayed in the nest, except we think we found the nest and the three fledglings together would not have fit in the nest any longer. This kind of thing happens all the time, baby birds falling or jumping from the nest seemingly too early. But they have a chance, a good one, of surviving. Certainly, the parents will tend to them there on the ground. A wonderful thing to watch, a wonderful way to end the day here in Texas (a day that included Bullock's Orioles, Black-chinned Hummingbirds, 4 species of dove - and the tour hasn't begun yet!)