Thursday, May 24, 2012

Baby Scrub-Jays turning blue

Nice color is beginning to show in the plumage of the Western Scrub-Jay nestlings. But some of the original five seem to be missing, or maybe just completely covered by the larger siblings.
The growing chicks are very energetic, often climbing on top of each other, stretching and picking at their new feathers as if they are itchy. But they have already been "potty-trained," raising their little "behinds" over the edge of the nest after being fed, and producing a neat fecal sac for the waiting parent to catch and carry away.


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