Yay…. I think that’s my mom heading this way! I’m starving! We’re still seeing lots of nest activity in our local wetlands, even though it’s mid-June already. This Great Egret youngster looked pretty excited when he saw his parent heading back to the nest.
“Both parents feed the young by regurgitation. At the age of three weeks, the young may begin to climb about the nest, but do not fledge until 6-7 weeks.” (BirdWeb) Once the young Egrets get a bit older, feeding time begins to look an awful lot like a sword fight!!
“As the chicks increase in size and strength they seize their parents’ bills on their own at feeding time and try to pull them down into the nest perhaps hoping to hasten the delivery of food. After egret chicks are large enough to grasp their parents’ bills in this way, food goes directly into the mouths of the young instead of being deposited in the nests.” (Egret.org)
Hey wait… Come back!! I’m still hungry!! They never seem satisfied! Find more about Great Egrets on All About Birds.