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July 26, 2011


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The Zen Birdfeeder

WBH - the jay fledglings are almost comical, especially when you compare them to smaller bird fledglings like chickadees or goldfinches! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


We've been watching these very large babies being fed outside of our living room window. It's fascinating how many of the baby birds surpass the size of their parents while still being fed. Great pics!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lisa and Kat, thanks so much!

Kat Griffin

great photos

Lisa Salt

Super photographs! I love these birds :)

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen, those little differences are there in varying amounts bird to bird. Look for softer, downy feathers or gape on corner of beak or paler coloration/black or shorter tail or some unsheathed feathers. I've seen 1-2 of these signs on individual young jays over the years. LMK if this helps!
Margaret, thank you!


Love that. You can still see the downy back feathers, esp. in the first photo.


Great pictures. I can recognize the young ones by their high-pitched begging; I don't really see a difference visually!

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.