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A Baby Blue Jay in Our Back Yard! July 5, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — saltthesandbox @ 10:26 am

Remember the baby Blue Jay that Dad rescued down the street? It looked like this:

Here's a photo of the baby Blue Jay that Dad rescued from our street more than two weeks ago (on June 19).

Here's a photo of the Blue Jay that Dad rescued from our street more than two weeks ago (on June 19).

Go here to read more about it. That day we said we hoped the fledgling Blue Jay would eventually join the other Blue Jays that visit our backyard feeders to eat peanuts in the shell. Well, this morning Aaron spotted a young Blue Jay on our back fence. He grabbed Ethan’s old camera and took these photos:

The young Blue Jay saw us watching it thorugh the back window, but it didn't fly away.

The young Blue Jay saw Aaron through the back window, but it didn't fly away. Photo by Aaron Gyllenhaal.

Instead, the young Blue Jay turned away and spread its tail. Photo by Aaron Gyllenhaal.

Instead, the young Blue Jay turned away and spread its tail. Photo by Aaron Gyllenhaal.

The young Blue Jay calmly preened (cleaned its feathers with its beak). Photo by Ethan Gyllenhaal.

The young Blue Jay calmly preened (cleaned its feathers with its beak). Photo by Aaron Gyllenhaal.

A crowd gathered in our kitchen as all four family members came to watch. The young Blue Jay took notice. Photo by Aaron Gyllenhaal.

A crowd gathered in our kitchen as all four family members came to watch. The young Blue Jay took notice. Photo by Aaron Gyllenhaal.

Unfortuantely the Blue Jay took off before Ethan could focus his telephoto lens, so our photo series ends here.

However, Blue Jays kept coming through the morning until the peanuts were all gone. We’re glad we’ve been helping the local Blue Jay population recover from West Nile Virus.

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Too true not to pass on: “Why Young Blue Jays Are Like Teenagers

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To learn more about Blue Jays, check these websites:

  • All About Birds – Basic information about Blue Jays.
  • Wikipedia – Encyclopedia-style information about Blue Jays.
  • Birdscope – An article about West Nile Virus in birds. For a related article, go here.
 

5 Responses to “A Baby Blue Jay in Our Back Yard!”

  1. Cindy H Says:

    What great pictures of your Blue Jay! It’s so wonderful when a bird gives you that ‘moment’ to take pictures, and even makes a few faces!
    I was like you, I had to ‘retweet’ the ‘Why young Blue Jays are like teenagers’! It was so true!
    Thanks for these great pictures!
    Cindy H
    Brown Sugar Owl

  2. Awesome pics Aaron! We love the poses. That jay looks like he’ll be a real rascal when he gets a bit older =)

  3. Cecilia Says:

    Great before and after pictures. As a child, I was lucky enough to parent two fledgling blue jays for a couple of weeks until they could fly. All the kids in the neighborhood got a kick out of watching them lick things with their long thin tongues. Love your website. – Cecilia


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