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June 14, 2013 / Rae Spencer

Blue Jay Fledgling Update

Blue Jays June 9

The blue jay fledglings continue to visit on a daily basis, always together. They rarely venture more than a few yards from each other.

Blue Jays June 9

They are beginning to forage on their own, sampling insects they find in the grass and on the fence, but they haven’t started eating from the feeder.

Blue Jays June 11

Blue Jays June 9

Blue Jays June 9

Blue Jays June 11

Blue Jays June 11

I suspect most of their foraging behavior is driven by curiosity, rather than hunger. Their parents keep them well fed.

Blue Jays June 11

Blue Jays June 11

Blue Jays June 9

Both of them.

Blue Jays June 9

A few days ago, they discovered the water. They drank and bathed, copying their parents.

Blue Jays June 11

But they also spent a great deal of time dropping things in the dish. Leaves, worms, small twigs–almost anything they could pick up went straight into the water.

Blue Jays June 11

They seem to have solved the water’s mystery, since that first day, and I haven’t seen them testing it again.

Blue Jays June 11

I wonder if their parents watch them, like I do, and feel a twinge of pride as the fledglings explore and grow.

Blue Jays June 11

3 Comments

  1. bardessdmdenton / Jun 16 2013 8:03 PM

    Lovely photos and descriptions of your observations, Rae. Love this: ‘I wonder if their parents watch them, like I do, and feel a twinge of pride as the fledglings explore and grow.’ XO

  2. Trileigh / Jun 17 2013 1:26 PM

    Loved this one, Rae! That’s fascinating about their experiments with water. These are smart little birds and it’s so interesting to follow their development, especially with your terrific photos.

  3. Random Acts of Writing / Jun 19 2013 6:39 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fledgling before – how sweet!

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