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Baby Birds

Updated on August 1, 2012

Pictures and Info About Baby Birds

Here you'll find pictures of baby birds and birds at the nest, as well as information about their nesting habits.

It's a rare treat to see birds feeding their young at the nest, but some photographers have captured these special moments.

This page features baby cardinals, baby bluebirds, baby robins, baby sparrows, baby eagles and baby loons. It also includes references for further research on each species.

Bluebird nest: © Laura Clay-ballard | Dreamstime.com

The Northern Cardinal's nest is usually located in dense brush, thickets, or low trees.

The female cardinal builds the nest, which is constructed of twigs, grass, vines, leaves, bark strips, and rootlets. It's lined with fine grass or hair.

The female lays 2 - 5 eggs; usually 3 or 4. The eggs hatch in about 12 days. The young leave the nest 9 - 11 days after hatching.

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Northern Cardinal Facts

Resources for information about the Northern Cardinal


All About the Northern Cardinal

Information on the Northern Cardinal's physical traits, range, habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and similar species. Includes photos, range maps, and sound files.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Provides facts on this bird's range, physical characteristics, reproduction, lifespan, behavior, communication, diet, predators, and ecosystem roles. Includes photos, sound files, and scientific classification chart.

Northern Cardinal (from Wikipedia)

Describes the physical features, taxonomy, distribution, habitat, diet, and reproduction of the Northern Cardinal. Also provides numerous photos and a range map.

The Eastern Bluebird nests in cavities - either a natural tree cavity, an old woodpecker hole, or a man-made bluebird house.

The nest is a loose cup of fine grasses, weeds, and twigs. The female bluebird does most of the nest-building.

The number of eggs can be from 3 - 7, but is usually 4 or 5. The eggs hatch in 13 - 16 days. The nestlings fledge in 18 - 19 days.

Baby bluebirds
Baby bluebirds

Baby Bluebirds in Nest

Although incubation is done mostly by the female, both bluebird parents feed the young.

This photo shows what they find inside the nest cavity - the open mouths of hungry babies!

Eastern Bluebirds usually have 2 broods per year, although there are sometimes three.

Photo used under Creative Commons from Robert Benner

Bluebird Facts

Resources for information about the Eastern Bluebird


All About Eastern Bluebirds

Information on the physical traits, range, habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction of the Eastern Bluebird. Includes photos, range maps, and sound files.

Eastern Bluebird

Provides a photo and facts about the nesting, habitat, range, diet, and song of the Eastern Bluebird.

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Describes this bird's range, physical features, reproduction, lifespan, behavior, communication, and food habits. Includes photos.

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Robin's Nest with Eggs
Robin's Nest with Eggs

Nesting Habits of American Robin

The American Robin's nest is built in a shrub, the fork of a tree, a horizontal branch, or on the ledge of a man-made structure.

The female does most of the nest-building, although the male often helps. The nest has a foundation of mud with twigs, grasses, and weeds added. It's lined with fine grasses.

The clutch consists of 3 - 7 eggs, but usually 4. The eggs hatch in 12 - 14 days and the nestlings fledge 14 - 16 days after hatching.

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Public domain image from Sean Varner/USFWS

Facts About the Robin

Resources for information about the American Robin


American Robin (from Wikipedia)

Photo gallery, range map, sound file, and information about the robin's distribution, habitat, diet, reproduction, and vocalization.

American Robin

Provides facts about this bird's identifying characteristics, range, signs and sounds, habitat, feeding, habits, and breeding. Includes photos and range map.

All About the American Robin

Physical description of the American Robin plus facts about its range, habitat, food habits, reproduction, and behavior. Includes photos of birds and eggs, range maps, and sound files.

Chipping sparrow with young
Chipping sparrow with young

Chipping Sparrow Feeding Young at Nest

The nest of the Chipping Sparrow can be found in trees (most often in conifers, but sometimes deciduous), shrubs, and vines.

Materials used in constructing the nest include grasses, weeds, and rootlets, with a lining of very fine grass and hair.

The female lays 3 or 4 pale blue-green eggs with some darker markings or spots. She incubates the eggs for 11 - 14 days and the young birds leave the nest when they're 8 - 12 days old.

Facts About the Chipping Sparrow

Resources for information about the Chipping Sparrow


Chipping Sparrow (from Wikipedia)

Facts on the identification, vocalizations, geographic variation, behavior, annual cycle, and conservation status of the Chipping Sparrow.

All About the Chipping Sparrow

Information on the physical traits (including plumage), range, habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction of the Chipping Sparrow. Includes photos, range map, and sound files.

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Description, habitat, behavior, diet, nesting, migration status, and conservation status of the Chipping Sparrow. Includes a photo.

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Public domain image from Dave Menke/USFWS

Bald Eagle Nesting Habits

Eagles build their nest in a fork near the top of a large tree or occasionally on a cliff. Both the male and female participate in the nest-building.

The nest consists of huge pile of branches and large sticks, lined with softer materials such as moss, grasses, and sod.

The initial nest has an outside diameter of approximately 5 to 6 feet and is 3 to 4 feet deep. The eagles usually return to the same nesting site each year and add another one to two feet of material on top of the existing nest.

The female lays 1-3 eggs, though usually two, which hatch in about 35 days. Both parents incubate the eggs. The young eaglets make their first flight at about 10-12 weeks of age, although they stay in the vicinity of the nest for another 4-6 weeks.

Public domain image from Russ Illig/NPS

Bald Eagle Facts

Resources for information about the Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Describes the physical traits, behavior, habitat, diet, nesting, and conservation status of this raptor. Includes photos and a sound file. From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Bald Eagle

Provides information on the subspecies, the physical appearance, habitat, range, diet, reproduction, and taxonomy of this bird. Includes photos and a range map. From Wikipedia.

Bald Eagle

Physical description of adult and juvenile and facts about the size, diet, lifespan, reproduction, and habits of the Bald Eagle. From the National Wildlife Federation.

Photo used under Creative Commons from Michael Heisel

Common Loon Facts

Resources for information about the Common Loon


Common Loon (Gavia immer )

Information on physical traits, habitat, diet, nesting, behavior, and conservation status of the Common Loon. Includes photos, sound files, and videos.

Common Loon

Provides physical description and life history, including habitat, nesting, and behavior. Includes photos and sounds files.

Common Loon (Gavia immer )

Includes information about the range, habitat, reproduction, lifespan, communication, and food habits of this bird. With photos.

Female Loon with Baby Riding Piggyback

Very brief video showing female loon and young one.

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Folkmanis Puppet Baby Birds in Nest

Folkmanis Puppet Baby Birds in Nest
Folkmanis Puppet Baby Birds in Nest

A fun and very cute puppet for children ages 3 and up! Using three fingers you can wiggle each baby bird separately.

 

Photo Credits and Copyright Info

All text was written by the author of this article and is protected by copyright.

Photos:

Introduction: © Laura Clay-ballard | Dreamstime.com

Cardinal Nest: Creative Commons photo by Marti175

Cardinal Photo: © NNE and its licensors

Bluebird Photos: © NNE and its licensors, © Laura Young

Bluebird Nest and Egg: Creative Commons photo from Robert Benner

Robin's Nest: Creative Commons photo from Mike Bowler, on Flickr

Robin with Nestlings: © NNE and its licensors

Chipping Sparrow Photo: © NNE and its licensors

Bald Eagle Chicks: Public domain image from Dave Menke/USFWS

Bald Eagles Tending Nest: Public domain image from Russ Illig/NPS

Common Loon with Chicks: Creative Commons photo from Michael Heisel


These photos are being used under a royalty free license or a Creative Commons license. The original copyright belongs to the photographers and/or agencies listed above.

We would love to hear about your experiences with baby birds and/or your comments on this lens.

Thanks for stopping by!

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      Yep, this was fun to read. I had a baby Western Bluebird land on my head yesterday! And I got to watch the father feed it. I saw two American Robins, too, but not with young. I've seen baby Great Horned Owls in the nest. I saw a Weaverbird building a nest. They're interesting. I'm thinking of all the times I have seen nests, fledglings, and other interesting things. There's a bunch. I enjoyed going down memory lane with you.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Nature at it's best, it's always nice to see them having families and getting on with brining them up till they fledge.......

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Love the babies! I shared your lens on our G+ page today!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      What beautiful pictures! We have loads of nests in my mums garden right now - I always feel really good when I know wildlife is able to coexist happily in a garden, especially for the species that are struggling so much.

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      chat2vishakha 3 years ago

      Nice post with baby birds pictures.Thanks for sharing this amazing post.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      I have seen many baby birds. Beautiful lens with baby birds.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a baby bird that i found and i have been givin him alpo dog food and he loves it!!

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      erbeaz 4 years ago

      Such a beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They are so cute I just want to snuggle to one of them so cute

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: THEY ARE SO CUTE I LOVE THEM SO SO SO SOS SOSSKXDWMJNGHFU2Y

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love all you lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have seen a bird in a nest warming her eggs and they are so cute i have seen baby eggs before when they hatch i am going to se them or you can get on eagle cam or enter any kind of cam you want to and if i find a baby bird i will go find worms and cut it up and i am going to fed her/him and i will say sorry little baby you are going to die and i do not want it to die because i will be sad i love baby birds,baby dogs, baby cats ,and my most favorite little little little little little baby bunny rabbits i caught one one day and took turns holding it and then we let it go and i said bye little bunny rabbit i will miss you i love you and i blew a big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big kiss

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Very enjoyable and beautiful pictures. Blessed and have a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season and extra special 2013. Hugs

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      Alexandra Douglas 5 years ago from Florida

      wonderful lens!

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      RuthieDenise 5 years ago

      I love looking at these bird pictures. It has brightened my day.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Brilliant article on birds, Great pictures too.

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      I love your lens! So cute!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      @MJ Martin: That sounds wonderful! What a treat.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      When we went to the nest watch in the North Cascades we got to see many of the local birds in action, where they build nests, and the like. Very educational. Your pictures are awesome. Baby birds are so cute!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i know where babby sparrows are my next door neighbors have them in thare vent.

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      Find-Online 5 years ago

      I have enjoyed the photos. I especially like the photo of the bald eagle chicks with their cute fuzzy little heads.

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      supersiva 5 years ago

      Baby birds are really cute

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      caffimages 5 years ago

      I've photo's swifts returning and feeding babies, and seen a dove close-up on the nest, but some of your pictures are lovely. Thanks

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      seemarahate 5 years ago

      attractive egg Pictures

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens. I live in the country and watch birds all the time. So beautiful.

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      Abbijohn 5 years ago

      Thanks for the informative writing. Would mind updating some good tips about it. I still wait your next place. ;)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just love birds. We enjoy watching the loons in our cottage and you just reminded me of that.

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      sanchit11 5 years ago

      great lens

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      There was a birds nest near my front door and one on a bedroom window ledge. I loved watching those babies try to fly. I wish I had captured them as well as you did.

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      chookyco 5 years ago

      Fantastic photos, thanks for the great Lense

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Baby birds are always adorable, I saw many of them when I was still a teenager.

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      nickupton lm 5 years ago

      Cool bird lens - I love that nest glove puppet!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Those baby birds are adorable! Thanks! Blessed!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Totally precious. Love that baby loon.

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      AlokaRuwanpathi 5 years ago

      I love birds

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Baby birds are so adorable. The bald eagle chicks are a hoot.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the Bald Eagle Chicks!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      Some of those eggs were just such a beautiful colour!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No one can care for a baby bird like Mom and Dad bird, not even an experienced rehabber. If you find a baby bird, please try to locate the nest and put it back in the nest. Or if the bird is a fledgling please do not disturb it; it is probably learning how to fly.

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      aishu19 5 years ago

      these baby birds are so cute.

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      redsaber1982 5 years ago

      Thx for sharing...all of them so cute..Nice

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      writer4 5 years ago

      Very nice lens on baby birds, thanks for sharing!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      @MelonyVaughan: Thanks for your kind words and for sharing your experience with the finches!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      @writerkath: Oh, what a very special memory!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      All of the photos are great, but I am particularly drawn to the loons. I've seen adult birds but so far, I have not been lucky enough to spot a pair with their little brood. Maybe this year!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a beautiful and well-organized lens! When I was a teenager and still living with my parents, this pair of house finches kept coming over to our balcony (we lived in an apartment). At the time we had plants hanging from the ceiling of the balcony. A few days later, the female started stealing the stalks of the plants by ripping them off (the plants were very delicate) while the male kept watch and distracted us with his beautiful singing. They built a nest inside one of the plants and had little ones. I miss those 2 trouble makers! Thanks for a bringing back that wonderful memory.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      One of my earliest "most amazing" memories is when I climbed a tree in my back yard, and watched a baby robin breaking through its egg... I was so astonished! I was very careful not to touch anything near the nest (not sure how I knew not to..) But that image is forever in my mind. Beautiful photos and thank you for this lens which brought back that lovely memory! :) *Blessed!*

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Woe ! Beautiful birds collection !

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      monstarfitness 5 years ago

      makes me wanna play angry birds lol

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      This is a lovely lens for spring. It always gives me a chuckle to see the baby loons riding on the back of the adult.

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      lunagaze 5 years ago

      Love this lens.

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      Tugee 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens! I LOVE seeing baby birds (and baby animals in general). Also, this is extra exciting to me because my pet birds have laid eggs which have just hatched.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      I love seeing all this new life hatching and growing as spring comes. The picture of the loon with the baby on its back is great. Congratulations on making the front page, today!

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      ferginarg lm 5 years ago

      Great lens, I love birds, baby ones are kinda freaky looking and all mouths haha. Thanks for sharing.

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I just love baby birds, and the photos you have on here are wonderful! I have cliff swallows that make nests on my house each spring, and really enjoy watching them raise their young. Thanks for sharing this site!

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      tyrosine 5 years ago

      awwww nice photos! :)

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      @BLemley: Thank you so much!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Lovely Lens! Love the pictures and the facts ~ I will have to feature your lense on my Attracting Songbirds lens! Great lens! B : )

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      @jlshernandez: I remember visiting your hummingbird lens. It was wonderful! Thank you!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I have a soft spot for baby birds. Hummingbirds built their nest in my garden and I was able to chronicle the whole thing and captured in my lenses.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, they are all so sweet. Beautiful pics!

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      BenJacklin LM 5 years ago

      really cute and great info :)

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      julia007 5 years ago

      So cute! Nice Lens!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      These are such adorable pictures, very much enjoyed this whole page, it made me smile... :)

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      EssenceOfTheSouth 5 years ago

      They are adorable!!

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Loved this lens. We get a great deal of joy out of watching birds.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Always enjoy it when birds nest in our trees.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Baby birds and the eggs they hatch from are forever charming! Thanks for the lovely article.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Love this lens especially the blue birds, for me the sight of the scout blue bird is the sign of spring.

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      Especially like the picture of baby loon on the back of the parent - a great sight to see.

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I love watching baby killdeer and shorebirds!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      Very nice lens. I wish we had cardinals on the west coast...I'd love to see one and photograph one.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      Stunning lens & incredible photos! I worked for years at a Children's Museum located on the site of a historic fort. Every year the cliff swallows would return and build their mud nests on the buildings. It was fascinating to watch!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I love to watch baby birds in their nest. We had some in our barn last year and we were lucky enough to be out there working on the henhouses the day they left the nest! It was amazing to see them take flight for the first time! :) Your pictures are wonderful!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      It's always amazing when you think that baby birds come out of their eggs alive and ready.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Excellent photos. I do a lot of wildlife photography, but I don't think I have ever successfully managed to photograph baby birds in the nest.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      Wonderful images.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like the pictures of the nests

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      Being an aspiring ornithologist, I loved your lens. It's very informative especially on the babies part.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      I really like the pictures of the nests - nice lens!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Lovely pics, and nicely done lens about baby birds.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Very nice lens great work! thumbs up

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How absolutely adorable, thank you for sharing this awesome beauty with us!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I hope to do some bird photography this year, beautiful photographs :)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      It's sure a full-time job feeding those hungry babies. Reminds me that I need to refill my feeders today. Happy new year!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Such a sweet lens.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      This is such a dear lens.. I just adore it. Thumbs up and angel blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very cute little birdies! Enjoyed the pictures!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      I love watching the birds, especially the little ones.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Neat to see the picture of the baby Eastern Bluebirds. I used to have bird boxes for my local bluebirds--Mountain Bluebirds--to nest in, and it was fascinating to watch the parents bring food after the little ones hatched. You didn't want to get too close to the boxes, though, or the daddy bluebird would dive at your head while making snapping sounds with his beak!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Wonderful photos. Wonderful text. Thank you for this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info...love the photos! I have a robin's nest right outside my kitchen window in my lilac bush. I love watching them every day and have taken several photos. Unfortunately, I caught a glimse of a snake making a meal of one of the babies earlier this week.

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      seradis 6 years ago

      Great lens on baby birds! Cute!

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      nice

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      annie1234 6 years ago

      hi

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      GREAT PHOTOS

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      you're the best!Merry Christmas!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for helping me on my science project on cardinals