I was alerted to something amiss in our backyard by our dog Pepper barking her head off about something! We found this sad, wet Blue Jay(juvenile) in our dog’s plastic pool. My husband scooped it out of the pool and I laid it on a towel and put it under a tree, in our side yard,where perhaps it’s parents would tend to it. We’ve seen lots of adults and baby blue jays out and about this spring near this oak tree. Over a time period of about 4 hours I kept checking on it. Once I thought it was dry and placed it on the ground without the towel. I’m happy to show that it dried out and was ready to try flying again. After my last video, I checked back 30 min later and it had flown away. 😊
Poor little blue jay was exhausted from landing in the pool and and getting wet. It just lay there and slept on the towel for awhile!
Dried out and hopping around and flying short distances but still not taking off.
Taking refuge near our tomato plants! 30 minutes later I returned and it was gone!
The Gulf fritillary or passion butterfly is a bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae and subfamily Heliconiinae. That subfamily was formerly set apart as a separate family, the Heliconiidae.