Just like it is with humans, toddler-hood is an age of discovery for birds.
This morning, a young Mockingbird ventured forth without Mom and Dad’s presence (and I think without their permission!) and landed on the Bark Butter Branch.
He then proceeded to loudly cry out, announcing his discovery and watching for his parents to join him.
When Mom showed up, she clearly wasn’t quite ready for such independence and sent this inquisitive hooligan to the safety of the shrubs while she gathered some breakfast. (FYI – I used the “inquisitive hooligan” description because that’s what my daughter’s friend group called themselves in college!)
Surprisingly, little Junior complied with the relocation command…
…and then flew off to follow Mom (and her beak-full of Bark Butter) to the front yard.
Meanwhile, another youngster (who also arrived without parental supervision) perched on a branch in the middle of the yard and curiously surveyed the fountain below.
Toddler-hood is definitely an age of discovery!