Critter Corner -
DID YOU KNOW:
Songbirds, such as cardinals (above), bluebirds, goldfinches, orioles, wrens and mockingbirds are the most numerous and colorful birds in our area. These small birds, with their beautiful, often complicated songs, flit and dart around our yards and in the woods.
Almost all baby songbirds are fed insects, worms and caterpillars by their moms and dads. These creeping crawlies are high in protein, fat and moisture. Birds, unlike mammals, do not produce milk. So...never feed a baby bird milk.
Mom, and sometimes Dad (depending on the songbird species), incubates the eggs for about two weeks. After hatching, the young songbirds spend about 10 to 14 days in the nest, growing to adult size and developing feathers.
Songbirds live in areas that have places to hide and a source for food. Different songbirds build different types of nests. A cup nest may belong to a robin or a goldfinch, a handing nest is probably a Baltimore Oriole.
Baby songbirds have no way to protect themselves. Once they leave the nest, the young birds are very vulnerable to predators, especially house cats, until they learn how to hide and when to fl away.
(Photo credit: Cardinal FNAL (Fermi Lab), Photographer: Tom Bentley)