[mou] Brown Thrasher nursery
thomas at angelem.com
Sun Jun 3 14:16:23 CDT 2007
The Brown Thrashers in my yard have a "baby" joining them at my
feeders. It doesn't have a clue what to do but it is hanging out
just learning and watching - anthropomorphic bias noted. The adults
have been leaning heavily on my suet feeders as of late. For a while
it was just one at a time and lately they have both been present and
wisking away a wad of waxy wonder food apparently for the youngster.
Only one fledgling has shown up with its short tail and otherwise
similar markings. I was in awe that the tail may be the last thing
to grow out as a youngster might find it difficult to hang out for
long trying to stuff a fully developed tail into the confines of the
nest - and the adults have such long and beautiful tails which they
apparently use for balance and exacting flight control - at least in
their out-my-window suet feeder flight path. The youngsters just
buzz in a relatively straight line to a branch and bray for food.
Must be a bit of a respite for the adults to have the kid come up to
the trough instead of having to cash and carry the tidbits of greasy
food to the nest.
The orioles are increasing their rounds to the jelly but seem to
ignore the meal worms - leaving them for the assertive robins and
catbirds. And while the sight is warm and fuzzy, the number of baby
house finches compared to the numbers of other young is a bit sad.
The goldfinches continue to gather cotton for their nest building -
practically continuously for some 6 weeks now - must be one hell of a
nest by now!
Other birdy family stories to come as the urge takes me.
Spring Lake Park
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