Young squirrels with disproportionately long tails have been visiting my yard for a while now and have grown big enough that they are no longer distinguishable from the adults. However, I didn’t realize that the local chipmunks had any young until one female arrived in my yard with two fully-grown babies that kept trying to feed on her milk while she gathered seeds from beneath my feeder! I didn’t get any photos of the chipmunk family, but here are a few chipmunk photos from the last month:
My small, ornamental bird bath has been popular this summer. Standing only about a foot tall, it is small enough for the chipmunks to jump on top of it and get a drink. I have also seen robins and Chipping Sparrows drinking and bathing in it.
For the first time ever I saw a juvenile robin in my yard with its speckled breast, following its parent around and constantly calling for food. Another day I saw this newly-fledged Mourning Dove sitting on top of the umbrella of our patio set.
He then flew to the top of the fence, showing off his crisp, new plumage. Although I sometimes see a pair of adult Mourning Doves sitting on my fence or resting beneath my feeder, this fellow was quite alone.
I enjoy it when the adult Chipping Sparrows bring their young to my backyard to feed. Usually I just see one adult with one baby, but at one point I had two adults trying to feed four babies!
Seeing all of these babies around makes me realize how quickly time is passing; it won’t be long until the birds stop singing and defending territories, the babies become independent, and the summer birding doldrums set in.