There are a few easy ways for baby juncos to distinguish me from their parents. For example, their parents have feathers and dark heads and are about their size, while I am a gigantic fabric-draped Godzilla monster. However, hungry chicks seem to not always be alert to such nuance, so I’ve accumulated quite a few photographs of the view down the gullets of baby juncos.
In the above photo you can see how the bright pink/red of the mouth, surrounded by the yellow bill outline, makes an obvious target for a parent with food.
Mostly, though, I just like how these photos make the chicks look even more like crazy pink alien beings than usual.
The gape is also pretty good for size comparison. The nest below has one chick that is a bit smaller than its siblings, and you can see easily here which of the two gaping babies is the runt:
Sometimes the chicks get a little overenthusiastic.
Finally, here’s my favorite sequence from the season:
Good luck with that, dude.