This little Blue Jay was evidently blown out of his nest by the high winds yesterday. I was surprised to find him when I went outside to put a second coat of paint on a fence section I had propped up next to the mulch pile. He seemed quite calm until I got too close, and then he let out quite a lot of loud squawking.
I kept an eye on him from the house while I Googled “how to care for a baby bird blown from nest.” I found information that said to leave the bird alone as long as its parents were around. They would still feed the baby, even if it had been touched by a human, (which I hadn’t done), but the info I read said that the parents would feed the baby as long as humans weren’t around to scare them off. It didn’t matter if they had been touched by a human.
He’s still out there today, sitting on a fence post now, which shows that he’s almost able to fly. His parents are fluttering around, good parents that they are, so I’ve left him alone. He seems alert, so we’re hoping he will be strong enough to fly soon.
Meanwhile, I have the cats put up, and I’m keeping an eye out for hawks. I’m sure the Blue Jay parents are too. Here’s hoping the little one survives and thrives.