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August 07, 2007


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Crystal - as long as you know the parents are around, best to leave the little one as is unless in imminent danger. Sometimes young fall out of nest too early and parents will tend to them. Sometimes they are "pushed" out if parents are unable to care for all or if it is not likely to survive anyway. Tough to witness, but it's nature at work.


We have what I'm guessing is a fledgling fluttering around on the ground in the backyard. He is obviously still too little to fly. Guessing he was kicked out of the nest but is it normal when this little? And if not what can be done to help keep him safe and fed?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Celeste - glad to help you out. This time each year, we'll see bald blue jays. Here's pictures of this year's baldies:


we have a bald blue jay at our feeder and i was worried something was wrong... so glad to know he is molting.

and he really does look like a lil blue turkey vulture, hee hee.

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