With so much urban wildlife attracted to our neighborhood, we oftentimes become a wildlife rescue station for injured or abandoned birds and critters.    Last week this little guy (gal) fell from the nest of a recently toppled tree that was at our neighbor’s place.  The neighbor told us that one of crows had its sibling for lunch so we brought it home to look after it till it can fly.

This fledgling Western Scrub Jay is not able to eat on it’s own just yet so we are feeding it wet cat food.   This week it’s starting to preen and test out its wings, pretty soon it will released to join the other neighborhood jays.

I think we’ve spotted Mama Scrub Jay a few times outside the window.  She was chirping as if to say “Mama’s here!”    Don’t worry, Mama Jay, “Baby” will be joining you shortly!

:: Resources ::

Raising/Caring for Orphan Baby Birds


  1. Dee says:

    So sweet. Y’all sure you’ll be able to let her(him?) go?

    • Jordanne Dervaes says:

      You sure I’m supposed to answer that? lol Yeah… I’ll let him go but I want to train him to come when I call so I can watch over him (/her)

  2. Ginger says:

    What fun! Mama chirping out the window made me teary. Training the bird like Ben Weatherstaff in the Secret Garden sounds like a true joy.

  3. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, how does your family find the time to do every thing that they do? You have to be up early and wind down late. Of course a seven year old will tire out a grandpa real fast. Yesterday was a water balloon fight with neighborhood kids and the cool down was running through the sprinkler. Yeah right!

    Jordanne, has anyone called you the bird whisperer? You connection with birds and animals is amazing. Is it an interest you have cultivated over the years or was it just always present in you life as a God given talent?

    Have a great rescuing day.

    • Dee says:

      I was wondering the same thing Dave. I’m taking care of my garden and my neighbors (they’re on vacation) and I am wiped out by noon! It must be their youthful energy.

  4. Bonnie Rasic says:

    Love, love, love what you do. Can’t believe it took me so long to discover you. We have “farmed “for years and even had very illegal chickens while the kid lets we’re around…maybe 20 or so years ago. I will be checking in often and will find the first day I can to visit. SO excited.

Post a comment