Baby Birds and their Parents, 2017

2017 was another great summer for nesting birds at Douglas Park! More than 20 kinds of birds raised their babies in the park. A half dozen other bird species captured food in the park and took it to their babies in far-off nests. Now those mostly-grown babies (like herons and gulls) have come to Douglas Park to find their own food

The photos below show baby birds in their nests (nestlings), birds that have just left their nests (fledglings), and birds that have their own special baby names (ducklings and goslings). There are also photos of parent birds singing near their nests, feeding their babies, and protecting their young.

 

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Mother Cooper’s Hawk at her nest, bit of a fuzzy white nestling visible

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Parent Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (in front) just fed its fledgling

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Fledgling Gray Catbird in the sanctuary

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Young Cooper’s Hawk almost ready to leave the nest.

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Mother Cooper’s Hawk protecting her fledglings

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Father American Robin has food for his babies.

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Young Black-crowned Night-Heron in Douglas Park, left its nest at Lincoln Park Zoo

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Mother Baltimore Oriole, just fed her nestlings

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Fledgling American Robin waiting for a parent to bring a meal

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Young Downy Woodpecker looking for food on tree trunks

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Young Brown-headed Cowbird finding its own food on the lawn

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Young Common Grackle finding its own food on the lawn

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Fledgling Barn Swallow watching its parents catch flying insects for it to eat

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Young Great Blue Heron on the sanctuary lagoon

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Mother Pied-billed Grebe caught a fish for her baby

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Mallard ducklings

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Canada Goose gosling

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Parent Eastern Phoebe with beak full of bugs for its babies

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Mother Pied-billed Grebe leads her eight babies

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Young European Starling taking a rest break

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Fledgling Eastern Kingbirds waiting for a parent to bring a meal

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Young Ring-billed Gull looking for snacks on the soccer field

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Father Indigo Bunting singing


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