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Alex Parker @Alex_Parker
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Hello Twitter. Today I would like to tell you about Henry.
One evening, I was out front using the table saw to cut lumber to size for a new fireplace mantel. A smol and scruffy-looking fledgling blue jay flew onto the gutter above me and started demanding food.
More than anything, it seemed that it was parched. I put a bowl of water out while I continued working and the little birb started drinking like it hadn’t seen water in days. It was in the high 90s.
While I don’t know if the bird is male or female, it was instantly a Henry.
Within a day or so of getting snacks from a feeder we put it for him, Henry was looking a lot less scruffy.
But he still made the fledgling calls and lowered his wings in the plz to be giving me snacks pose.
All the while, Henry was learning to forage on his own. He turned into a grasshopper-catching virtuoso, and he was so proud of his catches. He would fly them over to us so we could see before he either ate them or hid them for later.
Henry became a regular in the mornings. He’d fly to the house and make his special call in the morning so we could come out and spend a little time with him before he flew off foraging again.
Needless to say, the cats REALLY wanted to meet Henry. Usually the first alert we’d get of his arrival in the morning was two stripy orange ballistic missiles blasting toward whatever window he was closest to.
Henry also started assisting me in my construction projects.
Basically, Henry is a Very Good Birb.
Lately, Henry hasn’t been around much. He spends his time off with the other blue jays, presumably impressing them with his patented backflip-feint grasshopper catching move.
He comes by for a little bit in the mornings from time to time, but it is pretty clear that it is the bird equivalent of coming home to do laundry. He’s now Teenager Henry, and definitely too cool for us.
But we don’t mind. Henry’s grown from scruffy fledgling asking for water to an independent birb.
Bonus Henry, courtesy of @annie_wylde.

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