Blue Jay. As I was walking down off of Maple Hill, I glanced down in the middle of trail by my feet and did a double take: a fledgling Blue Jay was nestled in the grass!
Blue Jay. At first this young bird froze to hopefully avoid detection. However, it quickly realized it had been spotted anyway, so it started to hop to the side of the trail and into taller grass.
Blue Jay. Note that this young bird has not yet developed a long tail that is characteristic of Blue Jays. This bird is just days from the nest, if not newly fledged this very morning!
Blue Jay. It made quiet "ack" type of calls as it hopped into deeper cover. All the while I was waiting for a parent to show up. Moments later an adult Blue Jay came onto the scene with alarm calls. I quickly exited as I wanted nothing to do with an aggressive jay!