Hi, I am new and found your site as I have a birding question. But before I get to that, I have been asked to introduce myself. I live in beautiful Santa Cruz Ca on the Monterey Bay. My garden has many birds: hummingbirds, chesnut-backed chickadees, hooded oriole and wife showed up yesterday, yellow-rumped warbler (Audubon's) are readying to leave for wherever they go and I haven't seen my ruby-crowned kinglet in some time. These last two "winter" here along with the Townsend's warblers.
I have been a birder for a number of years, but rarely go out looking for them, although I would like to do that. I make a point of identifying who frequents my yard. Right now we have a couple of families: Stellar jays and California towhees. My neighbor has two young cats and we lost one of the jay fledges. I am trying very hard to make him keep them in. He tries but needs to try harder!!
The towhees have a baby that I question if it is even a towhee, which brings me to my question. It has fledged but is a midget, looks like a SMALL sparrow in size, if that. I always think the fledges are nearly as big as the parent; the jays were certainly that way. This baby bird also has a very unique chirping when it gets excited (parents coming with food). It sounds like 20 cicadas all at once. Anyone familiar with the size of a baby towhee? Anyone hear of another bird putting their egg in a towhees nest (like the cowbird does to the oriole)?
This seems like a great site. Once I figure things out, I will upload some pictures.