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.
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.
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.
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.
Red-tailed Hawk Juveniles have dark and light brown-striped tails instead of the red tails of the adults.
I also photographed these adult birds this week.
Ring-billed Gull. I saw these Sunday morning-the first gulls I’ve seen since last spring.