What’s Up? – Growing generation and Welcome Back

Growing generation and welcome back…


This week I will not talk about weather. I’ll describe instead what goes on in my backyard most of these days. As I explained last week, great part of the birds nesting in my backyard are under the process of molting, which is not the most appropriated part of their lives when they look at their worst; molting requires birds to shed their plumage and be replaced (grow) by new one. This process takes away a lot of their energy and makes them more vulnerable to other factors. 

Let’s start by presenting some of the new generation, going through the growing their new plumage (growing, not molting)


  •  Ruby-throated  Hummingbird. 

 Every year they return to make me happy and amuse me.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird


  •  Blue Gray Gnatcatcher.

One has been showing up for the past five years, he is hanging out with a bunch of Carolina Chickadees. I counted 5 of them on Friday. He’s also friends with a Brown-headed Nuthatch. As you can see they get along very well.


© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

11 thoughts on “What’s Up? – Growing generation and Welcome Back

    • The juveniles grow so fast! I love to see them full of energy. The hummer is beautiful! Thanks, Donna. 🙂

  1. Molting is always a vulnerable time for the birds, and not easy for humans in identification. Great to have the close-ups and explanations here, HJ. Wonderful post.

    • What you mention is right. It’s natural but also means a period of time at risk. Thank you, Jet. 🙂

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