The Blue Jays have been nesting in an area where an outside window was broken on the side of my garage. This year I decided to watch more closely the progression of the babies after they hatched and I decided to take some pictures.
It took about 2 - 3 weeks for the babies to become full grown. Each day you could see the birds growing and it was amazing to watch.
Near the end I began to watch more closely and wanted to try and get some video of them first taking off.
I missed the first as it jumped to a branch below the window and the second one I had just missed taking off. The third bird, I waited almost 5 hours but it did not leave the nest.
Then I came back the next morning and just happened to come upon the bird ready to take off. I could not believe how quickly it happened.
A few days later I happened to video the last bird leaving. Again it happened quickly.
More videos and other pictures are located at www.babybluejays.org.