J is for Jay

A Blue Jay!

 

Luckily, he found a safe place in the fence while waiting for his wing feathers to grow out.

 

 

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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!

Feeding Frenzy

Hi to our readers!

It’s my first post back with you in over a week and I’m excited to be at the keyboard again. We had a bit of a snow here in Virginia, nothing by Coney’s standards I’m sure, but snow all the same, with dire preparations by the humans. Our bird neighbors got into the act as well, mobbing the feeders.

Goldfinches and House Finches at feeder

If you think that’s something, here’s more of the crowd waiting for an opening.

Finches waiting their turns

And several of the fancier birds looked a little wet.

Northern Cardinal

Blue Jay

We squirrels of course, moved at a much more sedate pace , around mid-day, to our own little stash at the table.

Nutmeg at the table