Last month we were hiking with the Alaska branch of the family near the village of Hope, AK. We heard a bird fussing at us, and when we looked up, we saw this Steller’s Jay in a tree right next to the trail.
Panasonic DMC-FZ300 (108mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO160)
As we moved down the trail, the jay jumped from one tree to the next, fussing at us the whole time. When we got a little farther, we noticed something in the grass next to the trail. It seemed to be a chick that had fallen from a nest.
Panasonic DMC-FZ300 (108mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
We came to the conclusion that the jay in the first photo was the parent of the chick in the grass and was concerned that we were approaching it as we hiked. Male and female Steller’s Jays are identical in appearance except for a small difference in size, so we could not determine if the adult was the chick’s father or mother.
It seemed to us that the survival of this chick was seriously in doubt. We decided to accept it as just a part of nature and walked on, although a bit sadly.
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