Young Blue Jay & Parent
Usually the young blue jays will leave their nest when they are about 17 to 21 days old. The parents will keep feeding their young ones for about a month or two.
Blue jays will communicate with each other using their voice and their body language. When their crest is down low everything is OK. But if they are not happy they will raise their crest up high.
The parent is flying off to find young one more food.
The photos here was taken in August.
There are four steps that the Monarch butterflies go through. The First stage is in February and March. During that time, they will start looking for a mate and a good place to lay their eggs.
Second stage is in March and April. That is when the butterflies will lay their eggs on the milkweed plant.
The Third stage is in May and June. It will be the third generation of the Monarch. The butterflies will live like the first generation. Looking for a mate and a milkweed plant to lay their eggs. They will have a short life span. Anywhere from about 15 to 50 days of life.
In the fourth stage the monarch butterflies will be going through all the steps of the 3rd generations. There is one difference that the fourth generations have over the three generations of monarchs. They will migrate to Mexico where it is warmer to spend their winter months.
There they will go through the three steps. The female will lay eggs on the milkweed plant leaves, and etc. The fourth generation will migrate back to the Eastern States, looking for milkweed plants. And so goes the cycle of life for the Monarchs.
This is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female.
Birds will clean their feathers several times a day. Having clean feathers helps to keep the bird healthy
Painted Lady Butterflies
The Painted Lady butterflies can be found in many parts of the world. The butterflies live in warm climates. They can cover about 100 miles a day during their migration. They say that the painted lady can fly at times up to 30 miles per hour.
They do not migrate to warmer climates in the winter months like most other butterflies. When the weather turn cold they will die.
The painted lady caterpillar’s favorite food plant is the thistle, a weed.