I Saw a Couple of Immature Birds Recently, Can You Guess What They Are?

I Saw a Couple of Immature Birds Recently, Can You Guess What They Are?

Have you ever noticed that some immature or juvenile birds really don’t look like their adult parents at all. Sometimes when I see one of these birds I swear I’ve found some weird hybrid bird or a new species!!!

The other afternoon I was out watching my feeder and this fellow showed up at my bird bath, can you guess what species he is? Don’t scroll down to the next paragraph yet, try to guess…

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Did you guess Summer Tanager? Well if you did you are correct! This is an immature male. He kind of looks like a mix of both the adult male and females. 

Here is what he will look like when he is mature…

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While at the wildlife refuge, I saw this fellow flying around. Try to guess what species this one is…

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Did you guess Orchard Oriole? Well, that is just what he is, he is a 1st year immature male.

Now here is what he’ll mature into…

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And this is why I like to take photos and do my “homework,” so I can figure out just what a the heck species I am looking at!

Stay healthy and stay safe!

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