I was heading out of the house this morning, down the sidewalk, heading to the garage. There was a bird ahead of me, on my sidewalk. As I got closer, it hopped away. It was a baby. A big baby. A kind of ugly, half fledged baby. I stopped so I wouldn't scare it any more. It had enough feathers to identify it as a blue jay. Not the prettiest thing, at that point, half feathers, half fluff. I think he was fledged enough to have flown well enough to reach my sidewalk, but not to be perfect at it yet. I spoke to it for a bit, then had to move on. I made a wide detour around it and left it to my sidewalk. I haven't seen him again, but it was a nice visit.
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