Springtime is always fun when you are lucky enough to be able to watch avian parents raise a brood successfully to fledgling status. My previous two blogs about watching brown-headed nuthatches and Carolina chickadees conscientiously keep their hatchlings well-fed was going to be followed by some new observations on bird parents – either the Carolina wrens or a tufted titmouse, who had laid eggs in two of my bluebird boxes.
The wrens are very circumspect about feeding when I am in the vicinity but I had seen the titmouse coming and going to the nest. When I looked in one day, I saw that one egg had hatched and three others were still there. Then, I went away for the Memorial Day weekend and returned home to find the nest had been pulled from the box and the fledgling and eggs were gone. (A loose piece of the roof had been removed; there were squirrel and raccoon baffles on the pole; I surmise a squirrel dropped down from a branch overhead.) So there likely won’t be a blog on those species.
But I thought you might like to try your identification skills on the baby and juvenile birds in this blog. Some are fairly easy and others not so much. I will number the photos and hope that you will make guesses in the comments section of the blog. Then I will post the answers in a comment when I publish my next blog, so check back to see how you did. Good luck!