As I've been chronicling here, we have been observing our backyard birds much more closely this year. What a fascinating show we'd been missing all of those years!
Yesterday, something quite curious was taking place. I'm hoping that someone might be able to help me out. I took some pictures and a video; unfortunately, they are not high quality.
There was a fledgling in our yard who followed a sparrow around, begging for food. The sparrow kept coming back and feeding the fledgling.
Here, the fledgling (on the right) is following the sparrow (on the left). I think this is a chipping sparrow, but was so enthralled with the activity going on, I wasn't concentrating on looking for specific field marks, so this could be a different kind of sparrow.
In this picture, the fledgling has his beak wide open, waiting for the adult to feed him. Which the adult did right after I took this picture.I did get some of this on video:
We watched this for probably 10 minutes, until they went through the fence and into my neighbor's yard.
This all seemed quite normal to me, except that the baby bird was a giant compared to the adult. And it didn't just look like fluffiness. Is the baby a cowbird? It can't possibly be a sparrow, right? This was just so fascinating!