Adventures when leaving the nest

When baby birds start flapping their wings, we squirrels hunker down to watch–it’s always fun. This week, two baby Blue Jays did a test…er, glide.

Baby Blue Jay stuck in a fence

This poor little fellow seemed stuck for some time in a gate.

American Robin and Baby Blue Jay

The parent birds hovered nearby, bringing food, but we think in his distress, he got a bit confused and started begging to anyone!

Baby Blue Jay

Finally, the last baby was brave enough to land. The parents keep up with feeding, and we hope protecting through the night. And just so you humans know, that’s usually the case. If the young birds have feathers, they usually are on their first flights, awkward, but that’s where the phrase ‘testing their wings’ comes from!