Never more so than when it involves baby birds. It is a great guessing game to figure out what these little naked, beaked creatures are going to turn into. The external differences between species is often minor. It's a little easier when some of the feathers grow in.
Most of the time it's the usual suspects who arrive, Starlings, Sparrows or Robins, but to keep me on my toes from time to time an unusual one get's thrown in the mix.
|Starlings are easy to recognize|
|Their mouths open so wide and they are never satiated|
|They usually end up wearing as much food as they eat|
I was a little disgruntled because the parents put it of with a 'Boys will be boys'. I found that extremely unsatisfying particularly because it was believed the birds involved where Barn Swallows.
Barn Swallows as part of the Swift family are very difficult to hand raise. They need to eat every 20 minutes and eat strictly bugs. Once flighted they can only eat while flying. They fly with their mouth open and catch bugs that way. They also don't perch like most birds do, but need to hang (more or less).
|Guess what we are?|
|Feathers are coming in|
Luckily Eastern Phoebe's are also insect eaters and at least I had been feeding them properly.
|No yet ready to fly, but close|