Thursday, May 10, 2012

Scrub-Jays growing fast

Mom and dad Western Scrub-Jays are bringing in a lot of food for these babies, but shortly after a feeding they are ready for more. Mom still spends most of her time keeping them warm, while dad does the hunting. And as much as I sometimes "disapprove" of this species' predatory ways (such as killing the young Chickadees as they emerged from a nestbox), I can't help but appreciate their brilliant colors and intelligent behavior.


At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Jaimie said...

We have been observing a scrub jay nest in our bamboo. We can't see into the nest because it is so high but today my husband found a remnant a blue spotted shell on the ground below this morning but we can't hear anything in the nest yet. Did you notice the babies making any noise at first? The mom and dad are on watch in the other treetops. It is very exciting!

At 8:05 PM, Blogger FS said...

These chicks are about nine days old, and I still have not heard a sound from them.


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