Sunday, July 20, 2008

Western Wood-Pewee nestlings

Today at Tualatin River NWR near Sherwood (Oregon) I found a pair of Western Wood-Pewees feeding three youngsters in a nest that looked barely big enough for one. They must be about ready to fly. I was impressed by how totally silent they all were, compared to young swallows and other cavity nesting birds. I suppose that's due to the fact of their vulnerable situation, which was emphasized by the presence of several crows that flew over less than 100 ft. above the nest. The parents did not come near the nest while the crows were in the area.


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