Many of the young birds in my backyard have surpassed the “PG” rating and are now showing up without any parental guidance. This male Downy is one of them.You can tell he is still a youngster because he is furtive and tentative…
…and because he still has a plump, speckled belly.
He approaches the feeders cautiously, and will hide on the underside of a branch if he feels threatened. I’m not sure why, but I find this endearing!
The red patch on top of his head also marks him as a babe. When he becomes an adult, these colorful feathers will be found on the backside of his head.
All the baby birds that visit the backyard are fun to watch, but the Downy’s are especially delightful!