Golden-cheeked Warbler Fledglings

Friday, April 20, 2012 1:43 PM | Deleted user

This week many central Texas researchers have been reporting golden-cheeked warbler fledglings.  Fortunately, I was able to locate two fledgling groups myself.  One fledgling was directly above me at one of my point counts.  The only reason why I noticed it was that the male was in the tree feeding it as I approached.  Upon my arrival at the point he departed, but the fledgling remained.  It was only a few days post fledging, and at that age they don't move around much.  The second fledgling I found was just off of Warbler Vista Trail and was being feed by the female.  Typically, the male and female will split the brood when feeding their offspring, as both of these had.  One of the reasons for providing this post is so that folks recognize this time of year warblers are especially sensitive to disturbance.  Should you see a fledgling please don't approach too closely.  After all, this is their home.  I have attached a photo of the fledgling I saw at Warbler Vista Trail.  The photo I took was from a respectable distance, but due to photo cropping, it appears I am much closer.  Photos of fledglings are rare, so enjoy.  If you want to see/hear a warbler, you should go hiking soon.  As the season progresses they tend to get much quieter.  I have already noticed a significant reduction in the amount they are singing.

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