Young birds are now all over the place in our area! Over the past couple of months we have enjoyed seeing all the new arrivals exploring their new habitat. This largely includes young sparrows, starlings, great tits, siskins and goldfinches, all welcome fluffballs in the garden. Yesterday 6 young goldfinches were counted, almost smothering the one poor adult who was on babysitting duty with their constant fluttering and begging. :)
We are also very excited that a blackbird nest has been discovered in one of the garden bushes too, home to a pair of healthy, attentive adults, who have recently started bringing food back to the nest with them. It has been attacked by magpies (who are also doing well) twice as far as we've observed, but they are holding strong and hopefully we'll have some blackbird chicks around. :)
Would love to hear about all of your young birds where you are, hear any stories and see any pictures! Thanks, hope you are all having a great summer so far! :)
Brilliant Lil Wren. All the usuals in my garden also, goldfinch, Sparrow, Robin and Starling chicks. Great to watch. Here's one seen in the fields at the back of our house just last week. A young Whitethroat. I watched the parent feeding them but didn't get the shot unfortunately.
Young Starlings in my garden.
Fantastic photos, Snowman! The little whitethroat is just gorgeous, and the starlings look very healthy indeed :) Great to hear, thank you so much for your reply :)
Great to hear you have loads of young uns Lil Wren, here's a few i've seen.
Hi, Great Photos. I will try when Pigeon mum is of for a while to get a pic and put on here.
She is a great mum. I did see some young Blackbirds in back garden today. Not good at mo got a Migraine from eating some Choc at Gransons 2 year birthday party yesterday. Love photos on this site, its less formal.
Brilliant photos, thanks so much doggie! Good to see you've got plenty of young birds! :)
Hi Amber70, thank you so much for your reply. That's fantastic to hear, and looking forward to your photos too! :)
I am lucky enough to have a colony of House Sparrows in the garden (which is only 18'x18' and contains just two trees). They have a large number of littluns already and are now collecting materials for more nesting. I will post some photos of the youngsters this evening. In the meantime, here are two photos of a young robin sunbathing. He shares the limited space with the gang of sparrows, a large group of starlings, pairs of great tits, blue tits, chaffinches, a dunnock and the occasional blackbird. The sparrows are a delight to watch, especially the younger members of the group, who sunbathe on the corrugated garage roof and roost together overnight in what I have named the 'nursery tree'. Sparrow pix to follow, young robin for now...
Hi monkeycheese, thanks you for your reply! Fab photos of the little robin, looks like it's having a great time. :) Great to hear of your sparrow colony and all your other birds, I like the 'nursery tree' idea. Looking forward to more photos :)
There's some really good photo's there, enjoyed seeing them! I've only had young starlings around but plenty of other adult species!
Its quite sad to hear about the magpie attack! Hope the blackbirds are doing ok!
I'm also enjoying them, glad you are too :) Everyone's photos are brilliant! Thank you, they're getting on with it despite the attack i think.
Young starlings are great aren't they? So fun to watch! It's great to hear you've got them :)
Lots of 'Sparra' pix for you to enjoy. One littlun also enjoys a good sunbathe, followed by a short dust bath. The colony numbers 30 or so including youngsters. They get through about half a kilo of seed per day. Yes, half a kilo! Enjoy the pix. More young robin photos to follow...
Sunbathing on the garage roof...
Joining Mum and Dad on the fence...
Can't beat that garage roof though...
Don't worry, this littlun is just getting comfy for a session in the sun...
That feels better...
Oops! Missed a bit!
Aaah! That really hits the spot!
Two Baby Robin pix...
ah yeah they brill! Wow you must spend a lot on seed then! But its worth every penny! Its been very quiet in my garden this evening, despite fresh mealworms, suet and seed out! But its chucked it down a tad so maybe theres plenty of natural food out?!
Brilliant, monkeycheese :) Loving the "Behind you!" one! The robins are wonderful too. We saw something like the bird in your last photo in our garden too, we thought he might have been a baby dunnock, what do you think? Sorry for the bad photo!
All your photos are fantastic, thank you for sharing them :)
That's a good point Jason Dean, it's been raining a lot here too and our garden is also quite quiet :)
Hi Lil Wren
I was just going to suggest Monkeys last photo is a Dunnock, it will be interesting to see what the others say