Worried About These Fledglings

Here are two very new House Sparrow fledglings that I am really worried about.  I photographed them sitting atop the roof of our neighbour’s shed.  Their eyes are closed and they are not moving much.  They both look weak to me.  In the photo below their eyes are half-open but they are still not moving around.  This is a terrible place for them as the crows are around now with fledglings in the area.

Just after I took these photos a female flew to the roof with another fledgling right with her, begging for food but these two remained where they were.

Lord, give them strength…

About Feeding Birds in Summer..

Who knew that there are so many birds in summer coming to feeders?  Not me, that’s for sure.  I feed the birds in winter but thought that in summer there would be only House Sparrows.  Right now I am going through  at least 2 lbs of seed per day.  Little did I know the number of birds and different species that would come..besides House Sparrows there are House Finches (as above, male in breeding color), Brown-headed Cowbirds (male and female) a Red-winged Blackbird, Black-headed Grosbeak (male and female) Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, one male Goldfinch, one young Starling, these not to mention 3 squirrels feeding from seed dropped on the ground.  And also Hummingbirds, many Hummingbirds, below is one of the many:

So now I have a decision to make: husband thinks that I am doing them no favors by feeding them but I love to see and hear them in the yard.  But by providing birdseed am I harming them because they don’t have to search for their natural food? I saw a mother House Sparrow carrying a moth to her nest and that got me to thinking the birdseed feeding.

So what do you think?  is it a good idea to feed or a bad idea?  I am undecided.



Sweet Little Fledglings

These little sparrows are fledged from the nest but they are still demanding food. I wonder how long the mom is going to feed them?  Below on the right is the sweetest baby ever but it is slow to follow mom to the feeder.. I hope that it becomes independent quickly before the crows catch him.

Below are mom on right and two of the babies, see their baby beaks?

Below is mom again and the baby who is slower at learning that things have changed and he must feed himself.

Female Brown-headed Cowbird: A Closer Look

Following my last post, here are two photos of the female Brown-headed Cowbird, this is the mate of the male featured in my last post.  She is beautiful in her own way, I especially love the black beak and striped chest.  In the photo below she is looking at me, you have to love when they do that.

Thankfully they are not as shy as they were at first and do not mind my presence as long as I sit still and quietly photograph.  There were two fledglings higher up in the tree but as Cowbirds lay their eggs in other bird’s nests, I don’t know whose young they were.  They were definitely not House Sparrows or finches.

Male Brown-headed Cowbird: A Better Look at Black Beauty

This male Brown-headed Cowbird, whom I call Black Beauty, (2 photos) has become a many-times daily visitor to our bird feeder along with his mate.  I posted earlier about them but here are better photos of the male, taken yesterday.

They are not very big birds but the male can be aggressive, seen yesterday chasing a larger female Black-headed Grosbeak away from the feeder.  They do, however, co-exist peacefully with sparrows or finches at the feeder.

For more information follow the link below to All About Birds.


Black Beauty

These birds are new to me as of a few weeks ago.  They come daily to our feeder, above are male and female Brown-Headed Cowbird.  I wonder why they have such a strange name being members of the Blackbird family.  My photos do not do justice to the beautiful shiny black feathers of the male’s body nor the chocolate-brown of his head.

Below is another of the males.

for more information on the Brown-headed Cowbird, follow the link below at All About Birds.