Saturday, June 20, 2009

Flicker fledging forthcoming: forecasted for Friday

Actually, they will probably fledge sooner, maybe even Monday, but where is the alliteration in "Monday"? They began hatching on June 1, and they usually start fledging after 23 days.

Above and below are two of the female nestlings, there are at least three nestlings, two females and one male. There might be as many as five nestlings, though.
At the top of the post is another picture of the male you have seen photographed on this blog several times- a yellow-shafted x red-shafted hybrid (you can see his red neck crest here). The female, as not been around in the last 7-10 days and he has been doing all the feeding. The nestlings will be all right, but I am sure it is a lot of work for him.

In other nesting news, the chickadees have begun incubating their second clutch- a whopping, and previously unprecedented (in our yard), six fledglings resulted from their first clutch.

1 comment:

  1. Your flicker babes are so pretty. I really wish the starlings had not tossed our mother flickers eggs out. I was so looking forward to having them in my yard.