13 Super Cute Photos of Baby Birds You Need to See
So fluffy! Backyard birders and nature lovers share their heartwarming encounters with small, fuzzy baby birds.
Looking So Chipper
Connie Redinger of Indiana, Pennsylvania, says, "A juvenile chipping sparrow was perched in my lilac tree and then took a short flight to my fence. It looked so proud sitting there, as if to say, 'Thanks, Mom, I can fly!' It was so tiny but so brave—all puffed up, enjoying life." Check out adorable pictures of baby hummingbirds.
"Baltimore orioles built a nest on a tree branch above my porch," says Marybeth Zilnicki of Riverhead, New York. "Once their eggs hatched, I enjoyed watching both parents feed and take care of the young. I was lucky to see this fledgling settle on my fence. I love how its feathers look and how my tree is reflected in its eye."
Walk This Way
"I found this adorable gosling at Lakewood’s Belmar Park, home to a large variety of birds and a favorite spot with walking trails, ponds and an abundance of wildlife," says Chuck Danford of Littleton, Colorado. "I use photos like this to create watercolor paintings." You'll love these sweet spring bird photos.
Strike a Pose
"When I first noticed this little one watching me, I thought it was a baby owl," says Dianne Braun of Southport, North Carolina. "Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a young American kestrel. Because it wasn’t doing much flying, I had time to grab my camera for this shot. The kestrel was under a butterfly bush at our old house in Woodland, California."
A Teachable Moment
Robert Broome of Winter Garden, Florida, says, "This limpkin parent was efficiently plucking clams from the lake bottom, bringing them to shore and breaking them open for a meal. An immature bird was close behind, eager to learn and mimicking every move." This is why sunset is a great time for watching birds.
"These American robins were waiting to be fed in early spring," says Daryl Beck of Pleasant Hill, Missouri. "Their nest was on a farm tractor next to the gearshift, so I had to wait until they fledged to use the tractor." Here's what you should do if you find a bird nest.
Stop and Smell the Flowers
Raven Ouellette of Sudbury, Ontario, writes, "A mallard family took up residence in our neighborhood lake. One duckling exploring a grassy area nearby was so intrigued by a dandelion! It reminded me of the saying 'Always take time to stop and smell the flowers!'"
"My husband and I feed a pair of black phoebes," says Jennifer Meyer of Mission Viejo, California. "They snatch mealworms right out of the air when we toss them. The birds brought their new brood, and this juvenile posed on a patio chair. The photo is special to us because of our relationship with these amazing fliers." Attract nesting birds with better birdhouses.
Leslie Abram of Codrington, Ontario, writes, "Finally, a young eastern bluebird! Along with our neighbors, we put out many nest boxes and have been planting wildlife gardens with native shrubs and trees to attract these beauties. It takes a village to raise a bluebird."
Douglas Beall of Camp Sherman, Oregon, says, "American bitterns are often difficult to see, but when these young ones galumphed around the marsh, it gave me a prime opportunity to capture them in their typical pose of 'I am just a reed.' Bitterns will shift back and forth in sync with the marsh grasses swaying in the breeze. It’s a fascinating survival skill that makes them tricky to spot."
"My husband and I turned our backyard into a haven for birds, bees and butterflies by planting flowers and trees that attract them," says Deb Forster of Clayton, North Carolina. "We’ve also put up bird feeding stations, a birdbath with a bubble fountain and two bluebird houses. Our first pair of bluebirds moved in and produced a brood of babies. Last summer it was such a joy to watch another pair build a nest and care for their young. After their second brood left, three of the four young bluebirds eventually returned to the birdbath. I happened to be outside and got a photo of the siblings." Learn how to make a DIY house for bluebirds.
Mary-Ann Ingrao of Angola, New York, says, "When I was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, it was so refreshing to watch these two young burrowing owls. In their eyes I see love and courage. A few moments before this shot, they were beak kissing." Learn more about the nesting habits of burrowing owls.
"One of my favorite things about summer is enjoying breakfast in the backyard while listening to birds, says Michele Verbick of McHenry, Illinois. "I watched these young nestlings beg for food in one of my many birdhouses. One or two poked their heads out on the lookout for food. I got into position with my camera and couldn’t believe it when all three peered out for a photo op at the same time." Follow these tips for a successful nesting season.