a week of wrens

Fledgling, baby bewick's wrens. It's probably their second or third week out of the nest, and they're following their parents around, chirping incessantly. Most often they stay put in a bush, hopping about in their hideaway while mom and dad go bug-hunting. I've seen two families in the space of a week, the first on campus at UW (parents + 2 babies), the second in my front yard (parents + 4 babies). They have been mesmerizing to watch, and surprisingly unaffected by my camera-clicking presence. Curious, even. I always try to keep my distance when I'm watching or photographing birds so as not to startle or disturb them, so it's always a delight when they come near. And these, the epitome of spring, have been the most delightful by far :)