Hot and humid here, like it is in a lot of places. But through all the “discomforts” of the weather, there is new life being breathed into our midsts. One of the things I have noticed the last few days is the number of new fledglings that are feeling their way in their newfound world. Over the past week, I have posted twice on a fledgling Prothonotary Warbler. Within the last few days, I have also been delighted to be able to watch some newly-fledged Tufted Titmice (or, is that Titmouses?) … and a single young Northern Cardinal get acquainted with their new surroundings, both accompanied by an adult. I am focusing on the Tufted Titmice (Parus bicolor) in this post.
While I was drifting in the kayak, the calm, quietness of the secluded area was suddenly disrupted by several Tufted Titmice. Straining through the dense vegetation, I then observed 2-3 fledglings, along with at least one adult in the nearby trees. As I watched the young ones, I focused in on one particular fledgling, who was desperately trying to get mom or dad’s attention … “Where’s breakfast?”:
It is so cute watching new fledglings trying to get attention from the parents! All of this twitting of the wings and constant “chirping” went to no avail … the parent bird was close, but busy working on a Cicada that he/she found on a tree branch. A short time later, the parent flew into a nearby dead tree snag and continued to work on the Cicada. This fledgling decided to move closer to the parent. But instead of continued “begging”, he settled in a nearby Buttonbush and began to work on removing a Bagworm from it’s encasement:
Hmmm, too much trouble getting to it from this angle. Maybe if I use my wings, I can get some leverage on it:
Hmmm, maybe another angle would be better:
This little guy finally finished his snack and flew off with the rest of the family. On the way home, I thought to myself, “Gee, wonder why the Tufted Titmice at my house don’t eat the Bagworms off our trees?” … I’m guessing the sunflower seeds are easier to get to! Anyway, it’s so much fun to watch the little fledglings learnin’ the ropes! :o)