Bird Pairs, Parents and Broods


On a drizzly June day, a young robin lighted on the branches of a downed tree right outside the sliding glass door and stayed for quite a while.

Young robin, June 12

The young robin from another angle, June 12










As I snapped pictures of the young robin, its parent arrived with a sweet treat.

Parent offering the young robin a mulberry, June 12


The next day I noticed the bright yellow of a male goldfinch in the branches. When I zoomed in on him, however, I realized that he was with his duller-hued mate.

Goldfinch pair, June 13

Goldfinch pair, June 13









The little lady finally turned to face the camera!

Goldfinch pair, June 13


The starlings raised a sizable brood.

European starling family, June 13


Starling young look a lot less like their parents than robin young.

European starlings, parent and young, June 13

Young European starling, June 13










Since our house is surrounded by farm fields, no neighbors care if we let a small portion of the back yard become overgrown, and this has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a variety of birds and other wildlife. Another benefit is that tall grass and wildflowers absorb more carbon dioxide than a short-cut lawn. Would you consider dedicating a small portion of your yard to a wildflower meadow?



About J. Thomas Ross

Since retiring from a career as a high school English and history teacher, I've been pursuing a career as a writer. My main interest is in writing novels, but I've also written short stories and poetry and done a little editing on the side. I am currently working on a Young Adult novel. One of my poems - "Winter" - won an award at the 2010 Philadelphia Writers Conference, and you can find my fantasy short story "A Rock Is a Rock Is a Rock ... Or Is It?" in the anthology Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View, which is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon and as an e-book from Double Dragon Press.
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  1. Pingback: Backyard Bird Visitors — Part I | jthomasross

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