Just an update on the baby blue jay... He was released this last weekend and flew to the lowest branch of the last cottonwood tree in my yard. Amazing feat for his first successful flight! I managed to snap a couple of pics of him sitting there before he rejoined his family up higher in the branches. I feel pretty good that I was able to keep him safe long enough for his feathers to develope to this point! I hope he lives a long and happy life!!!
I walked outside this morning to enjoy some sunshine and this little fellow was perched on the back tire of my bicycle. He squawked at me and jumped down. As he hopped across the yard I noticed 2 of the stray cats that have taken up refuge under my deck. They were watching him quite intentedly. Of course they wouldn't come out quite yet because there were about a dozen adult blue jays flitting around from branch to branch overhead. I knew it was only a matter of time before their curiosity and hunger overcame their fear. I scooped up the little one and took him inside.
After feeding him a little baby bird formula that I keep on hand just in case and giving him a mite treatment, I felt he needed to be back outside with his family. So I took him out and set him on the roof just under the canopy of the Maple tree that shades my yard. I figured he'd easily be able to hop onto one of the low hanging branches and rejoin his family. I didn't figure on him following me back to the deck nor did I realize that like cats and dogs "if you feed them, they will come."
So now he has his own little cage where he sits serenely on the top perch. He lets me know when he's hungry and seems quite content to sit peacefully in the palm of my hand. I must be warm and comforting to him. I'll let him stay here, safe and sound, until his flight feathers have developed enough, then I'll let this baby fly from my nest.