The Brownheads, children of the Florida Scrub-Jay couple at the Indian River Club, are growing quickly and are now about the size of their parents. But their main passion is food, which they can’t get enough of, either from their parents or what they can find for themselves like this Brownhead trying unsuccessfully to get this gall off of a Myrtle Oak. The parents know best and bring insects aplenty to the Brownheads who need a big protein boost at this stage in their life to help them grow. (Thank you to Janice Broda, writer and photographer of the wonderful ORCA blog, for identifying the gall, which I thought was an acorn.)
Dad, wearing the leg bands, looks on at one of the kids who demands more food than Dad just brought.
Sometimes the Brownheads try and steal food from each other, like this Brownhead on the left eying the insect being carried by its sibling.
The Brownheads are naturally curious in their hunger and pick up all sorts of things that might or might not be food.
The seedpod ended up being cast away.
The Brownhead at left tries choking down a large insect before a sibling can steal it.
The appearance of perched Brownheads from the back and from the front. The Brownheads will start to molt around September and, when done, will be indistinguishable from their parents.
The Scrub-Jay Mom.
The Florida Scrub-Jay family is not the only bird family with kids around there. Here is a juvenile Northern Mockingbird who came over to see what the young Scrub-Jays are doing.
One of several Eastern Cottontail Rabbits seen around the Indian River Club conservation area.
Thank you to Joe Carroll, Roz James, and Susan Boyd.