The Kids Are Alright

I saw a lot of youngsters around this week.  The only thing wrong with that is that they are sometimes a bit difficulty to identify.  I hope that I got all these right.  I forked over the cash for a Sibley Guide to help figure it out.

Barn Swallow juveniles differ from the adults by the length of their outer tail feathers.barn-swallow-juvenile-2-1280x812

Eastern Kingbird juveniles are not much different than the adults.  Not as pronounced of a white tip to the tail and head not as dark.eastern-kingbird-juvenile-5-1280x858

Juvenile Franklin’s Gulls have a browner coloration with definite dark spots in the middle of their back and wing feathers.  They also don’t have the black hood that the older birds have.franklins-gull-juvenile-2-1274x882

Juvenile Spotted Sandpipers have no spots on their chest (but neither do non-breeding adults), brown sides to their breast and light streaking on their wings.spotted-sandpiper-juvenile-7-1280x813

Red-tailed Hawk Juveniles have dark and light brown-striped tails instead of the red tails of the


I also photographed these adult birds this week.

Western Kingbirdwestern-kingbird-60-1280x869

Eastern Kingbirdeastern-kingbird-20-1280x802

Ring-billed Gull. I saw these Sunday morning-the first gulls I’ve seen since last spring.ring-billed-gull-40-1280x782

Great Egretgreat-egret-9-1280x824

Lark Sparrowlark-sparrow-55-1280x885

Blue Grosbeakblue-grosbeak-56-1280x824

Common Yellowthroatcommon-yellowthroat-12-1280x817

Turkey Vultureturkey-vulture-54-1280x883

Mississippi Kitemississippi-kite-62-1280x740


More photos in the galleries.

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