Fun - Bluejays - Week One
This is the first week of bluejay pictures, starting with eggs and ending with chicks only a mother could love

The images below are in chronological order. Click on one to open a window with a larger version.

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5/30/01: Here's the nest under our deck, with a parent's head peeking out.
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Here are the five eggs.
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5/31/01: The parent again, looking suspicious. Once I get any closer, it will fly away. It will be back within a few minutes of my leaving.
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Three chicks! (Seriously ugly, aren't they?)
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A few hours later, the remaining eggs had been moved around. I believe the parents turn the eggs regularly in order to keep the yolk centered.
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6/1/01: The final chick is hatching!
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A closeup.
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Later the same day, the last chick is out (I'd guess it's the pinkish one on the left) and the shell has been removed.
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6/2/01: Growing rapidly. The grid of bumps on their backs are the beginnings of feathers.
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6/3/01: Growing rapidly. Try to figure out which piece belongs to which of the five chicks.
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6/4/01: the first feathers are popping out (look at the wings of the chick on the left)
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Mom? Is that you?
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6/5/01: An annoyed parent
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More feathers popping out

 

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