There is a Eastern Kingbird nest many birders have been watching for the last month at Greenfield Park. Today was the day and an amazing day watching the young leave the nest, I just happened to be there. Two adults have been feeding the young right along for the month plus at in the nest. All of the sudden, a fledgling on the top edge of the nest, then out it flew about 2 feet. A minute later up popped up another fledgling in the nest and up on the edge of the nest it went. That bird flew a little farther, about 4 feet from the nest. Adults came around and feed them a few times rotating between birds. At one time and adult bird landed next to a fledgling and preened. A moment later the fledgling preened too, just like class! It was so fun to watch all this in a few minutes. It was a gorgeous day with perfect temps, 70, full sun, with a light breeze. Images were taken on July 7, 2018.
Really nice sequence Jim!!! thanks for these pics
Cheers from Peggy in Madison
Awesome series, Jim. Have not found a Kingbird nest but will keep looking. Thanks for sharing your find.
Wow, Jim! I guess you were in the right place at the right time! Wonderful photos!
Thanks. I’ll be on the lookout for Eastern Kingbirds with short tails and short bills when I’m atlasing.
Excellent timing, Jim. Other people may have seen baby birds leaving the nest and the feeding of these young, but I don’t imagine too many of us have seen the adult giving the fledgling preening lessons! Good photos and commentary. Thank you.
The wonders of nature. Thanks for sharing, Jim.
Great series of photos. I’ve come back to view a few times.
Amazing images Jim. Love the story they tell. Congratulations on a great job!!
Such a beautiful series of photos, Jim. So interesting to see these momentous moments for the parents and the young. Wonderful work!