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July 09, 2010


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Hi Lana - always willing to share my birds...in photos that is!


I don't get to see young grosbeaks here, so thanks for sharing yours. How cute! I'm glad to see you're participating in bird photography weekly, btw. Hope it's working out for you!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Larry - you see that kids-larger-than-the-parents in a lot of birds! Parents work hard!
Halcyon - they lose those downy feathers fast.
Nature Footstep - glad you enjoy!


so many sweet ones you show us. :)


They're so cute with those fluffy, downy feathers.

I have quite a few juvies of different species in my yard right now. I missed the fledgling phase. :(

Larry Jordan

Great shots of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak fledgies Nancy! They sure are cute. They remind me a bit of our Black-headed Grosbeaks with the soft colors and the light eyebrow.

Fledglings are often larger than their parents for awhile because they have been fed so well for weeks while the parents are worn out and thinner from doing all the work!

The Zen Birdfeeder

LNMP - Good news on your grosbeaks!
Mick - thanks for the thumbs up.
wren - thanks much and glad you had a chance to see them. They're cuties.


Awesome photos, Nancy - those little fluff balls are just too cute for words. I've only seen the adults, so this is a real treat.


Great photos of all those young birds. I especially like the one where the adult is feeding from above.


Great pictures - love those fluffy feathers!

I am thrilled that we have some Rose-Breasted Grosbeak fledglings here, too. We also have what I think are first-year males; their heads are black, but have the striping you'd typically find on a female.

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