Parker County Today March 2018 - Page 101

is at the feeder. Reprimands generally elicit more juve- nile behavior, such as open-mouthed wing quivering, an action seemingly designed to deflect parental scolding while triggering parental instincts to fill gaping maws. Like parents of many animal species, adult birds put up with juvenile behavior long enough to ensure their kids will grow up to be strong, capable, desirable survivors – adults who can carry on the family name (or at least the family genes). And, like kids everywhere, the youngsters push the envelope of decorum and good taste. Nest time you see a screaming, feathered kid at your feeder, enjoy the satisfaction of helping parents feed their kids. Who knows…your efforts may lead to an avian, parental “sigh” of relief! Baby Robins Baby Birds 99