I have chronicled plenty juvenile surprises having traveled to New York City and roaming the backwoods of Dallas / Fort Worth this summer.

A baby mockingbird more daring than its parents.

A baby mockingbird more daring than its parents.

A juvenile cardinal waiting for its beak to turn brilliant orange.

A juvenile cardinal waiting for its beak to turn brilliant orange.

An infant starling waits patiently for food.

An infant starling waits patiently for food.

A family of red-bellied woodpeckers.

A family of red-bellied woodpeckers (the infant has a solid white head).

It requires so much energy for this infant house finch to perch on our fence.

It requires so much energy for this infant house finch to perch on our fence.

This infant barn swallow somehow perched perfectly on a street sign.

This infant barn swallow somehow perched perfectly on a street sign.

A baby robin enjoys the first rays of a New York City morning sun.

A baby robin enjoys the first rays of a New York City morning sun.

Infant spoiled grackles demand food - most notably fast-food french fries.

Infant spoiled grackles demand food - most notably fast-food french fries.

A baby indigo bunting without the indigo.

A baby indigo bunting without the indigo.

A blue bird sporting familiar markings of a typical thrush.

A blue bird sporting familiar markings of a typical thrush.

Majestic Western Kingbirds playing around.

Majestic Western Kingbirds playing around.

My backyard will always be home to loving house sparrows.

My backyard will always be home to loving house sparrows.