Dark-eyed Juncos decided to build their family nest in the community garden under the lettuce leaves. I went to check them out after hearing there was a Towhee nest in the garden. I immediately noticed they weren’t Towhees, but Dark-eyed Juncos. The male junco, as soon as I got close to the nest, jumped on the tallest stick next to it and gave me an ear full. He was doing the feeding and tending to the young. I saw no sign of the mother. In the bird world some males do all of the tending and sometimes it’s just the female and sometimes they work in sync.
With the Snowy Plover, the female lays the eggs and then leaves to find another mate. The male does all of the caring for the young until they are old enough to leave the nest. The mother never returns to her nest. Just an interesting tidbit for ya.
I’m grateful for the 50x zoom lens on the Canon SX50 HS. It allowed me to get close ups of the baby Juncos without disturbing them or pissing off Dad Junco who stayed very close. I Do Not recommend that a photographer disturb young nestlings in order to get a photograph. Getting too close for long periods of time can be traumatizing to the brood. However, a really good zoom lens will do the trick.