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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.
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This mother robin has a tasty treat for her chick. Only one, we wonder? Maybe the others aren’t awake yet or have fallen out of the nest, as unfortunately is occasionally known to happen.
Image: Bigstockphoto / Mike Truchon
What an aww-inspiring capture! Both parent robins are with their young – the mother providing a bit of bodily warmth while the father offers the three chicks the treat of a big, slimy earthworm. Family bliss! Well, it’s a moment’s rest for mom and dad, at least.