it's the time of year, when the babies, young birds i mean, leave the nest and venture out into the world on their own. their parents long gone, the wee ones stay around fattening up and perhaps working on their flying skills.
we've noticed several around our neighborhood, they come closer than their wiser and older parents, and along with looking bewildered (to me) they also look curious. the second photo is a baby mockingbird (we think) and it was so close to our window i almost thought it would fly in.
and the little hummingbird. oh my goodness, it's the closest i've ever been to one sitting so still. it seemed he was as interested in me as i was in him. look at those fluffy feathers! and amazingly he didn't even mind owens shenanigans.
all these empty nests...sigh...it must be easier being a bird mother...