Bend, Oregon

Kevin & Jen Lair

Kevin & Jen Lair

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Bend, Oregon

Forum Center,
2680 NE Hwy. 20, Ste. 310
Bend, OR 97701

Phone: (541) 617-8840
Fax: (541) 617-8840
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The Early Stages of a Bird’s Life

Just like us, birds also work hard to raise their young.  Watch for busy parents and their young in your backyard habitat this spring and summer.

Bluebird eggs 

Egg Stage

  • Most songbirds lay between 2 and 5 eggs - Ducks may lay up to 12 eggs and Quail up to 16.
  • Birds will lay about one egg per day during the laying period. Songbirds do not begin incubation until the whole clutch is layed, thereby ensuring that all eggs hatch at approximately the same time.
  • In most songbirds, the female incubates the eggs. Oftentimes the male feeds the incubating female and helps guard the nest.
  • Incubation lasts 11-14 days in most songbird species.
Bluebirds Nesting

Nestling Stage

  • Nestlings are divided into 2 groups - Precocial and Altricial.  Precocial young are born with feathers and their eyes open. They are mobile and can feed themselves. Quail, ducks, and geese have precocial offspring.  Altricial young are born naked and with their eyes closed. They are not mobile and are unable to feed themselves. All songbirds have altricial offspring.
  • Typically both parents help feed and care for the young. Birds tend to seek high protein foods to feed nestlings and fledglings. Offering protein packed suet, bark butter, and mealworms can be beneficial.
Bluebird Fledgling

Fledgling Stage

  • After 10-20 days as nestlings, songbird young fledge. While these fledglings have left the nest, oftentimes they are still cared for by their parents.
  • Fledglings often are poor fliers and therefore are very vulnerable. Keep outdoor cats under close supervision while young birds are about.
  • Parents will show their fledglings reliable food sources. Watch for young birds opening their beaks and fluttering their wings as they beg food from their parents.