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Thread subject: Hatchling V Fledgling
Name Date Message
Marie 05/23/05 02:45 am For some of our new posters and those who aren't familiar with 'BIRD' terms.
I thought I would just clarify.......
HATCHLING is the word used to describe a chick that has hatched from an egg. Where as
FLEDGLING is the word used for a juvenile bird that has grown and developed enough while in the nest to be able to lift up and take its first flight away from the nest. It generally keeps returning to the nest for a while(particularly the raptors) untill it have developed all the skills for flying. This bird is called a fledgling. I hope this clears up the slight confusion on the OBS board.
At this time we have 0 fledglings, but two hatchlings. Too bad there wasn't an insert for hatchlings on our obs board.
Tiger 05/23/05 05:04 am Ooops of course you are right. To making it more confusing the column is labelled "young".

Guess that there will not be any fledglings until July.

Sheri B 05/23/05 10:05 am So on the Observation Boards, what exactly should be listed under the colomn for young?
Marie 05/23/05 10:57 am Well now...perhaps the colomn is listed wrongly..... ;-))
At this time we know that it is the young that fledge so maybe we just wait till July .....difficult one Sheri.......

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