Fledglings Keeping Their Parents Busy


There are a lot of American Robins around us; and it has been great entertainment watching their fledglings hop around on the ground and take short flights trying out those new wings, all while waiting, looking for or following closely along one of their parents.



American Robin fledglings


The fledglings get impatient quickly.



American Robin fledglings getting vocal


I saw a different fledgling in the mix, begging an adult American Robin to feed it; but it was ignored.Β  I believe it is a European Starling fledgling, please correct me if I am wrong.


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European Starling fledgling


I lost track of this little one, hopefully its parent arrived and scooted it off where it should have been.Β  Meanwhile, the juvenile robins continue to keep their parents on-the-go!



51 thoughts on “Fledglings Keeping Their Parents Busy

  1. Aw, they’re so cute!

    On last night’s evening walk I saw an adult Robin on top of neighbor’s roof with its beak full of worn shouting to the world to look at him with his prizes! It was a wonder he could peep at all with such a full beak! πŸ˜‚ I hope I get to see fledglings soon!

    • Thank you, Deborah! They are so darn cute, even when they’re being impatient. πŸ˜… I got a shot a week ago of an adult with its beak full of worms too, flying to a nest of soon-to-be fledglings. Now, they don’t have time to fill the beak, the little ones make sure of that, chasing them down! Poor parents!! Fingers crossed you’ll see yours real soon!

  2. Great Images Donna! Enjoyed seeing them! Reminds me of my old home where we had quite a few Robin nests in our yard. It was fun to see the activity in the nests and around the yard. One year we had a robins nest in a small Bush right by the front door. Probably because we usually used the back door and it was quieter there!

    • Thank you, Reed! Those fledglings really make their way around in just one day and are lots of fun to warch. I saw one today finally made a flight up to a tree. He didn’t budge for a long time, lol, I think he was surprised himself. πŸ™‚

  3. The babies are so adorable! I love how it almost appears they have an “indignant” expression – very charming. I do hope the baby Starling managed to get reunited with his/her parents. I always have a soft spot for “misfits.” Wishing you and all your loved ones a safe weekend.

    • Thank you, Takami! They do have that look! πŸ˜… It’s amazing how the parents seem so tireless yet we know they have literally no time to sit right now. I have soft spots for misfits too, I’ve been looking for the little Starling but still haven’t seen it. We’ll just say Momma returned and took it back under her wing. 😊 A safe weekend to you and yours too!

    • For the location I am in right now, I’ve don’t believe I’ve ever seen so many robins either in the Spring in such a tight area. They seem to keep their distance pretty well too, good for them! πŸ™‚

  4. Babies! Very cool series! There’s no doubt, it’s baby time for all birds. I enjoyed this post a lot. Good work, my friend. πŸ™‚ πŸ‘

  5. Lovely Donna to see your Summer is alive with new life, and the birds busy in the role of parenting. Lovely captures. Do your Robins bow up and sown and demand like other birds. I notice it spreading its wings expressively to egt attention. I always get a chuckle seeing the parents escape for a time from the constant begging, only to have the youngster soon join them and chase them about.

    • Thank you much, Ashley! Yes, they do. Watching the fledglings is really fun, I’ve just sat at the picnic table and can see them running around. There must be a dozen or more from several families. I had a young one actually paying attention to me when it got so close & realized I was sitting there, forgetting about the parent who was already a good 60-70 ft from it (and hoping for an escape lol). The fledgling quickly looked all around, spotted the parent and hop/ran with a flap or two. I had to laugh! 😊

  6. Great photos Donna, I just love the attitude and looks on the faces of the young ones when they don’t get what they want straight away. Just like kids! πŸ˜€

  7. I have never seen a young Robin…or, if I did, I was a kid and don’t remember. I miss the Robins. I grew up with them everywhere. I remember them being here even when it snowed. I rarely see one, now.

    I watched a momma Cardinal tending to her youngster in trees & brush along our Riverwalk. I”ve watched both Cardinal parents chase their child all over our yard as it tried flying. I always imagine dialog…πŸ˜†

    That one single shot with its beak open…”MOMMY!” I love that. πŸ˜„

    • Thank you, Vic! I, too, can just hear the dialog! πŸ˜… I get tickled just watching them. Even birds have expressions that are just priceless!! 😊

      Now you’ve got one on me, I’ve never seen Cardinal juveniles but can imagine the same scenario, acting like teenagers! πŸ˜‰

      • Cardinal babies look nothing like their parents accept for the head-tuft crown that has a subtle reddish-brown coloring. They are brown and have a little bit of spotting. And they are loud. I didn’t initially see momma & baby. I heard them, first. LOL!

  8. Robin babies are so endearing, Donna, so cute and yet so clumsy at the same time. I love their speckled plumage, shown so well in several of your photographs. And the image with the wide open beak is priceless.

  9. This time of year is such a treat. Just yesterday I saw one of the swallows come out of the nest box with the ‘diaper bag’, so it seems we have some young’uns in there. The funniest one was last year when we’d get to watch a juvenile raven following behind mom’s daily patrol along the road (looking for road kill?) and the LOUD squawking of the brat the whole way.

    Come to think of it, I haven’t seen a juvenile Robin either. Great captures.

    • Thank you Gunta! Fledglings are so funny and entertaining. And can be quite loud! LOL I like seeing the parent being tone-deaf at times, they have to to survive that hollering all day long! πŸ˜‰

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