The day's not half over, and I've already saved two lives today.
This morning on the way to do laundry, I saw two baby bluejays chillin' near my car. There was a bit of broken nest near them. Looking up, I could see the nest they had fallen out of. It seemed that if I got on the roof I might be able to just reach it.
After some research on the internet, I learned the important facts. Some of the are quite shocking:
- If the baby birds have feathers, leave them alone. They're learning to fly, and will be closely watched/taken care of by their parents
- Birds have a poor sense of smell and won't care whether you've been handling their young or not
- Never attempt to feed the baby bird anything. If you feed it the wrong thing, or the right thing in the wrong way, you can easily kill it.
- The easiest thing to do is to put the bird back in its nest. If you can't (the nest is too high, or destroyed), you can make your own by taking a whipped cream tub, poking holes in the bottom, and lining it with paper towels. Watch to make sure the parent finds them.
The baby birds had some feathers, mainly on the wings, but they were still very much little fuzzballs who didn't seem like they were going to fly anytime soon.
Armed with my new knowledge, I backed my car (the black one) to rest just behind the carport. I stood on top of it and pulled myself onto the roof. I confirmed that I could reach the nest. I got back down, put the birds in an empty Coke Zero box, and got on the roof again. Putting them back was easy.
I'm happy to report that when I left the moonbase, the parent was hanging out at the nest.
Hopefully, all is well.
I didn't get any pictures of the baby birds, so as a backup, here's a picture of baby Joey: