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If we go by the saying “the early bird catches the worm”, these chicks must have gotten up at the crack of dawn, as they’re catching big juicy worms – as well as insects – in their hungry little beaks. However, they’re not getting these snacks from the ground, of course, but courtesy of their dedicated and ever-busy parents. So, in actual fact it’s mom and dad that are the real early birds – no doubt driven by the chirping of the many hungry mouths they have to feed!
As we can see from this first image, the mother garden warbler (Sylvia borin) has five hungry mouths demanding attention – and food – and what big mouths too! Somehow, each gaping red mouth seems to be almost as big as the rest of the baby bird.