Welcome to the last weekend in August. A few more days and things will improve for all of us in South Texas. The migrations are in progress. The winter feathers are growing in. And, the squirrels are stashing nuts away. All indications are: we are moving into Fall. Now and then, in the last few days of August, it is nice to hold on a few more moments to the lazy, hazy days of summer. This was such a day: A Blue Jay Day. Enjoy your photostudy of the baby Blue Jays!
The first bird below (Baldy) is a baby getting his new feathers in around his head. (Molting). He is not sick. All birds (around here) increase the feather number for fall and winter. Soon he will be beautiful like his brother!
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The Beautiful Brother to Baldy:
|Male Northern Cardinal|
Some of You may remember: Slasher. He lost the top of his head when he was very young. A beak blade woodpecker took the top right off. He has healed and is growing new feathers. The crest will not grow back. He appears to be a very happy bird.
Baby Male Cardinal still getting his red feathers in:
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time! Remember at this time of year to put out seed for the weary travelers (and/or nectar feeders). The kindness You show to other species comes back to You. Thank all of You for visiting the Nature Blog from time to time and checking out my birds. I appreciate all your +1s and comments in addition to all the photos and albums You share with me. I can not answer all, but please know I thank you and See You! Also, to those who have rang me up to chat: Sorry, I do not chat. Nothing against You. I am just running out of time to do everything!!!!! If I am on the computer, I am working, not playing!
Enjoy some closing shots of the big birds:
One of the Kites:
Baby Buzz in 'Blue' (heat map effect in Picasa)