Thursday, August 6, 2009

How Quickly They Grow!

The young Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks are already in a moult and showing adult colours.

I think they first came to our feeders about three weeks ago. If they were, say, two weeks in the nest, that'd make them now not more than five or six weeks of age. But today there was a young male at the suet feeder that was easily 50% moulted to adult colours.

White underbelly, half the red bib in, most of the brown dorsal feathers now in sharp black-and-white. Hard to believe they mature that quickly.

I'll be too busy to shoot until next week, but I'll try to get some new photos then.

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