Fallen Baby Blue Jays Get Emergency Nest In Hanging Basket

Written by Angela Norton of Michigan

One day my husband tried to take down a bird’s nest that was partly connected to our electrical wiring on the outside of our house, fearing it could cause a fire or a short. He knocked down the overhead nest with a long handled rake, and to our dismay, found it had four baby blue jays in it.

We Had to Do Something Quickly

We didn’t quite know what to do but knew we had to do something quickly so I found a basket in the basement and put some spanish moss in it. Then we put the blue jay nest (with the babies in it) in the basket and hung the basket in the tree in the front yard where the babies’ parents could get to it. They were chirping quite loudly so it didn’t take long for the parents to find them.

The parents of the babies were squawking raucously at first but then settled down to feed and care for the babies. They stayed in the basket nest for about two weeks, then they started leaving the nest and walking up the branches of the tree. Pretty soon all the babies had left the nest and were starting their first flights. We were pretty happy with the outcome. The babies (now grown) still hang out in the tree and feed from our bird feeders in the front yard.   See more photos of the baby blue jays in their basket.


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DaleLovesOttawa O.

Glad to see that a quick solution was found for the young birds.

It is best to check nests before knocking them down, however, as they could well be occupied.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney1 years ago

Just awesome, many thanks to the kind people who done such a wonderful job, one very happy family of blue jays, thank you for sharing.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney1 years ago

Great article, some very lucky baby blue jays, great quick actions saved these adorable birds. Thank you for sharing.

Linda Wallace
Linda W.1 years ago

Quick thinking. So happy that it worked out.

Tracy B.
Tracy B.3 years ago

The perfect example that when you find baby animals, sometimes it is best to return nature TO nature, versus keeping it and trying to care for it yourself. :) (unless you know for a fact something happened to the parents)

Darla Taylor
Past Member 4 years ago

Wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

LMj Sunshine

Awesome, Thank you!

LMj Sunshine

Awesome, Thank you!

Beth Weatherbee
Beth Weatherbee4 years ago

Thank you for taking care of the jays and for sharing the story!

Karen Baker
Karen Baker4 years ago

Thanks great rescue