Dark Grey Flegling on patio wall in Western New York
by Annie B
(Lockport, New York, USA)
By accident, I scared the following fledgling out of the brush next to our home. We have a number of nests with birds in them in the trees around our home, but I don't think this little guy looks like any of them. He can hop and fly about two feet of the ground, so if he can live through the next week, I suspect he will live! I gently coaxed him back to the bush that I first found him and I know to leave him alone.
I'm just wondering what kind of bird he is. No parents seem to be around, but I do see red-winged blackbirds high in the trees in our backyard. His screeching sounds like a modified version of theirs. Are they his parents or is he their lunch? If he is alone tomorrow, is there anything I can do to increase his chances of survival.
I'm not sure if the picture can be "zoomed" from the file submitted. He has grey feathers and a dark grey/black breast. He still has "fluff" atop his head. I can still see orange skin around his eyes. Let me know if you need another pic...I took four!
Thanks and here's to praying this little guy will survive.