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Nestlings, Juveniles and Bugs

Western kingbird feeds young

Several nestlings (birds still in the nest) and juveniles (birds that have left the nest but are not fully grown) are now appearing around our area. Parents are bringing bugs to the begging youngsters at an incredible pace. Bug after bug, anything that moves is snatched up and deposited down the youngsters’ throats. Blue Jays, Carolina Wrens, Western Kingbirds, and Scissor-taileds were photographed begging or being fed. Mind boggling that insects (what we try to annihilate) can produce such feathers of beauty. Crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, snails, ants, caterpillars, wasps, bees, moths, flies, leafhoppers, cicadas, ticks, millipedes, aphids, mayflies, winged termites, mosquitoes and many other bugs yet unthought of are all part of birds’ diets. Avoid the insecticide as much as possible; someone’s nestlings are hungry.