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Fledgling Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Fledgling Northern Rough-winged Swallow

While walking around Allegany State Park (Red House Lake) yesterday, I found these two fledgling Northern Rough-winged Swallow being fed by mom. I knew the mother bird would return with more bugs and so I waited . . .

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - sleeping
The fledgling taking a quick nap before mom returns!

. . . and I waited . . .

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Preening
Preening its new feathers!

. . . the babies would also find things to do before mom would return . . .

Northern Rough-winged Swallow
The older sibling!

These guys are soo cute! Mom did a quick fly-by and the kids started yelling.  Mom circled and returned with her prized bugs! The picture below is the only decent picture that I captured with mom and she wasn’t too fond of the click, click, click of the camera.  Seconds later she call the babies away with only my memories of the last 10 minutes with her little baby birdies.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - feeding
Mom finally arrives with bugs!

More proof that all baby birds are too cute for words!

Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Burp!


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34 responses

  1. Sooooo adorable!

    3 July 2008 at 3:33 pm

  2. Seven house wren fledgelings shot out of my wren house this morning. They are ALL OVER my back yard! Cuteness!!

    3 July 2008 at 4:06 pm

  3. Oh, very nice. I need to get a job in a park!

    3 July 2008 at 4:37 pm

  4. LOL! They are too cute :) Very nice shots.

    3 July 2008 at 5:52 pm

  5. Awwwww!!!! Too cute! Great captures Tom!

    3 July 2008 at 6:15 pm

  6. A darling bird that I have never seen. Thanks for sharing!

    3 July 2008 at 6:17 pm

  7. Oops…I just saw the second page of pictures – LOVE the little ‘napping’ picture – what a sweet capture!

    3 July 2008 at 6:18 pm

  8. What cute pictures. I love how their little beaks look like they are pouting.

    3 July 2008 at 7:31 pm

  9. @ Lana – they are!
    @ Lynne – House Wren crazyness . . . how wonderful!
    @ Wren – job part is work but the after hours is the fun part!
    @ Heidi – glad you enjoyed!
    @ jayne – they are, thanks!
    @ BirdGirl – they are cute and I have never seen the babies like though! No worries and the sleeping one was cute!
    @ Debbie – they are cute like that!

    3 July 2008 at 9:29 pm

  10. Lisa at Greenbow

    I just love those mouths on fledglings. They all look pouty. Good capture of the adult with bug.

    3 July 2008 at 10:02 pm

  11. Awesome captures!

    3 July 2008 at 10:29 pm

  12. Excellent series of these simply adorable babes!

    3 July 2008 at 10:45 pm

  13. The babies are adorable…and your commentary made me laugh. Burp! =)

    4 July 2008 at 4:54 am

  14. Oh my…what a cutie! Wonderful images.

    4 July 2008 at 6:41 am

  15. Pam

    O-M-G Tom, these are sooooo cute!!! I love it you caught it napping, too. Your pictures are beautiful!

    4 July 2008 at 7:43 am

  16. Sherri

    Love the shot of the one sleeping – too cute!!!

    4 July 2008 at 9:37 am

  17. Moe

    Ha! Great photos and great commentary :)

    4 July 2008 at 12:13 pm

  18. Grace

    This little guy makes me smile :-)

    4 July 2008 at 12:13 pm

  19. That’s so adorable!!! Nice camera work, baby bird’s burp is the best!
    Happy 4th of July to Monarch!

    4 July 2008 at 12:27 pm

  20. Love the photos – NRWS is a bird I have never seen close-up.

    4 July 2008 at 12:28 pm

  21. Nice shots. What a lovely bird.

    4 July 2008 at 10:09 pm

  22. I can’t tell you how jealous I am of your wonderful bird shots!

    4 July 2008 at 11:02 pm

  23. So great! What amazing shots. Clearly, you do not bird with small children. Thanks for showing me the adorable little guys.

    4 July 2008 at 11:36 pm

  24. winterwoman

    Too adorable. Love the last one, especially. Burp!

    5 July 2008 at 4:16 am

  25. My favorite was of the baby sleeping – they are so comical looking but endearing. Loved this!

    5 July 2008 at 3:40 pm

  26. Marg

    OMG I adore the sleeping one-though they are all adorable!

    5 July 2008 at 4:51 pm

  27. Your series of photos really tell the story. I agree the babies are so cute.

    6 July 2008 at 12:24 pm

  28. Bethany

    Absolutely adorable again! Hope you had a good 4th!

    6 July 2008 at 9:23 pm

  29. Mel

    What lovely series of pictures!!
    It’s great to see nature through your eyes (lenses)
    Thank you! :)

    6 July 2008 at 10:50 pm

  30. Totally adorable! Your photos made me chuckle, they are soooo cute.

    7 July 2008 at 10:28 am

  31. Great sequence – the NRWS chicks always seemed to be the most playful of the swallow chicks I’ve seen.

    8 July 2008 at 8:47 am

  32. Thanks everyone you are soo kind! I did love this series of photos !

    8 July 2008 at 8:12 pm

  33. What a fantastic picture (I like the last one best!)
    He still has the very young look to him–wide mouthed!

    8 July 2008 at 11:04 pm

  34. That last shot is THE best! Lookin’ right at the camera lens with a big grin.

    14 July 2008 at 9:11 pm

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