Seen at the bird bath this week – a baby blue jay. We have found two dead jay fledglings on the back patio this month – lots of predators out and about. I’m happy to see some have made it. This guy is adorable with his short tail, fuzzy white belly feathers and pinkish baby-beak corners.
Newsflash: this week we have seen another blue jay pair building a new nest in the red oak in the front yard. Their nest is visible from our kitchen window. I’m looking forward to more stealthy shots. Stay tuned.
A few weeks back I posted about a Bewick’s wren couple building a nest in the birdhouse that I hung under the eaves of my house. Since then, I have been watching the birdhouse closely. For the last two weeks or so, I have seen the wrens flying back and forth, to and from the house, feeding babies. Those wren parents were delivering bugs every few minutes from sunrise to sunset! Amazing. I listened to the baby wrens chirp each time the parents brought food. I watched them feed the babies. I watched the parents take away the fecal sacs each time. I watched as the babies started looking out the hole of the birdhouse. It was like an episode of PBS Nature show right outside my window. 🙂
Today I sat 10 feet from the birdhouse outside and watched the baby wrens fledge! I saw four of them fly out, there may have been more. I hope they come back to nest next spring under the eaves, too. I thought I recorded a video of it, but apparently I don’t know how to use the video mode of my camera yet. Oh well, it was very cool to see it happen. I’m so excited that I was able to watch them, especially since we spent the entire weekend on the lake. And Monte and I had just returned to the house after running an errand. Five minutes later they were all out of the birdhouse.
From earlier this morning:
Seconds before the first one flew out:
One of the babies, right after his first flight: