Sunday, May 11, 2008

And The Winner Is . . . Robin Red-Breast!!!


I have had my first juvenile visitors of the year. I was wondering what species would get off to the early start. It turned out to be Robins. They won the "First Juvenile Of
The Year" title for 2008.



The juveniles look very similar to the adults except the rusty red breast isn't fully developed. You can see the slight rusty red color on the juveniles but it is speckled with grayish black spots.

It also amazes me how quickly the juveniles grow. These pictures were actually taken early last week. You can see they are slightly smaller than the adult carefully watching over them.



I also was able to capture these videos which I wanted to include. The adult is feeding the juveniles as they follow it around. I just love to see the interaction between the adult and the juvenile as they raise them!




Below is the newest picture of one of the juveniles. They were taken yesterday. As you can see, it is as big as the adult. They just grow up so fast!




Have you seen any juveniles this year? What kind were they?

Good Birding and God Bless!



9 comments:

possumvalleygirl said...

That is so interesting. Thanks for the video. I haven't seen any juvies yet but hope to have some baby bluebirds and Orchard orioles soon

J. Karl Clampit said...

pvg, thanks for the comment. Hope you get the bluebirds and orioles! I don't have those in my yard. My little birding friend has a Bluebird pair in her yard at times.

Shellmo said...

I think it's appropriate that your first juvies were the Robin - the first sign of spring. I enjoyed the video - nice touch!
(My 1st juvenile this year was the mourning dove.)

Larry said...

Love the videos! I've seen juvenile swallows.Nice post jkarl!

J. Karl Clampit said...

Shellmo, thanks for the comment. Thanks for responding with your first juvenile of the sping.

Larry, I love swallows! My little birding friend has swallows that come back every year to her house.

I've added juvenile Brown Thrashers, Blue Birds, Cardinals, and Blue Jays since I first saw the Robins!

Moe said...

My yard is usually over-run with robin juvies, but none yet this year. Some house wrens have made a nest in my gourd birdhouse, but I haven't seen any babies, yet. Great shots!

Aunt "B's" Backyard said...

Good Morning...that is such a cute post! The Robin babies are so cute and dependent on their parents and you have captured it for sure. I think my first babies are going to be the Hairy Woodpecker babies. Have a wonderful day!

J. Karl Clampit said...

Moe, thanks for the comments!

B, I saw your post on the Hairy juvies. Congrats!

Andrew said...

That is so interesting. Thanks for the video.

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