Another Blue Jay Release

A released blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata).

The Ark received another blue jay yesterday and it came to me for release. It appeared to be tame and the homeowner who found it was concerned that one of the several cats in the area would get it. Fortunately, we do not have outside cats around our house, so it was a great place to release the bird. Since the blue jay I released last spring continues to stay in the area and is the only blue jay in the immediate vicinity, I was excited to get another blue jay to release.

I got the bird last evening as it was getting dark, so I put it in a cage on the lanai and left it be. I later put a blanket over the cage because it was cold outside. In the morning, I removed the blanket at dawn, a bit before the sun actually rose above the horizon. Once the sun rose, the bird was ready to go. I didn’t want it to injure itself, so I gave it the opportunity to go and it chose to do so. It immediately flew into a tree behind our bird feeder and stayed there for at least two hours before it disappeared. We have lots of natural food in the area and there are numerous feeders at the houses along our street.

In hopes of finding the bird after it left, I walked to the end of the street and back and found Topaz (the blue jay I released last spring). I tried to get a picture but Topaz flew into an oak tree and rummaged around until it found an acorn. It got one and immediately left to land on the roof of the nearest house. I am reluctant to point my camera at someone’s house, so I let Topaz taunt me on the roof with the acorn in its mouth.

While sitting outside hoping to see the blue jay, I got a couple pictures of the local residents. Later in the day, I was able to get some video of a raccoon family we see occasionally. Yesterday we saw them and the siblings were fighting with each other constantly. Today, I saw momma and only one baby. I’m assuming that the sibling rivalry caused one of the babies to depart.

In the video, you can see that the baby is wet and has muddy feet. The momma and baby raccoon probably just finished foraging in the marsh and was coming to our yard to see if there was anything worth picking up. We have a bird feeder and some of the birds are picky about their seeds and throw them on the ground until they get one they like. I was joking with Regis that the raccoons probably pay those birds to throw seeds on the ground.

The baby raccoon appears to have been eating too fast and looked like it was about to vomit but didn’t. I toss a few things out for the crows and squirrels and if they don’t get to them first, the raccoons are happy to be the clean up crew.

A Eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) that appears to have found a bumblebee to eat.
A yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga coronata).
An eastern phoebe.
A pine warbler (Setophaga pinus) at our mealworm feeder.

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