sa6688's picture

feeding fledglings

I have spent a long while this morning watching parent birds feeding their fledged offspring, who sit on the ground or on the wall near the feeders, and squawk loudly , flapping their wings, while the parents keep popping bits of food in their mouths. Today it has been sparrows and starlings and I guess the other species will be coming soon .1 or 2 of the young starlings have got the idea today, and started to peck up the seeds off the ground. Nothing unusual about their behaviour, just great to watch.



anonymous spotter's picture


Something I only saw once, a couple of years ago: a blackbird trying to persuade the fledgling to pick up the food for itself. The parent was patient, feed a few bits, try to persuade junior to do it for itself; then carry on feeding it. The fledgling was having none of it!
I'd love to see the actual transition: I suspect it doesn't happen until the adult simply starts ignoring the youngster altogether.

Kluut's picture


In many birds the transition is usually the opposite way around.Fledglings copy the parents and when they get proficient, they stop begging.
In the past 3-4-5 days young starlings have started to turn-up in droves. One was on the lawn this morning - it was so young that the tail was a stump and it laboured to fly into bushes - it was probing and gaping into the grass, as an adult would looking for grubs. I watched for a which and it probably found a small slug - it wiped whatever it was on the grass. The moment a parent came near, it begged.