This afternoon,in the South Bird Garden I had the opportunity to baby sit a Rose Breasted Grosbeak baby. He or she had obviously left the nest, and was in the process of acclimating and orientation in the forest. The baby was hopping, trying to walk, and occasionally making an attempt to flap wings. We were together approximately 4 hours from 3 to 7 PM. I was pulling weeds, filling pots with potting soil and planting flowers. Baby was often within a few inches of me. Around 6:30 PM, dad Grosbeak flew by my head and landed in a tree, overhead and offered soft, conversation. By 7PM baby had acquired more strength, confidence, and was eating sunflower seeds on the ground that had fallem from one of the large feeders the grosbeaks use.
Latitude: 43.7 Longitude: -84.4
Observed by: Tilly
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