As the drizzle started I felt there was just enough time to check on the blue jays. I had seen a glimpse of one baby last week. Mama very protective.
Oh joy, Three babies!
I tossed down a couple of peanuts. Why not make the parents' job easier. Out of nowhere the catbird appeared and honest-to-God demanded a share.
The parent jays took the nuts, removed shells in another tree, then brought kernels to demanding kids. My eyes saw 3 babies.
Just like robins, there's a timing, a pattern. Feed babies, wait, baby poop. Pick up fecal sac and remove from nest area. Astonishing. Parent about to fly off with fecal sac.
Alpha baby testing wings. There is no easy viewing angle into this well hidden nest.
Both parents stood by and waited for handouts. No fear.
Whoa! Not 3 babies. FOUR BABIES!!! The camera got it. My eyes only saw three.