This is a picture of a baby Blue Jay who had somehow managed to get out of its nest. It was taken sometime last spring. It was too young to fly, but it could hop and climb trees and that's how it got to where it was. Its parents were very protective - they were always close by, they fed him, and kept an eye out for dangers. They kept a close eye on us, that's for sure. The last I saw the little guy he was hopping toward the forest at the edge of our back yard. His parents were on a couple of low branches just inside the forest making a lot of noise. We like to believe the little guy survived. There were a lot of Blue Jays flying around last summer, and we like to think one of them was him.