Of course, my job doesn’t end with their release, most of the time, since I continue to provide supplemental feedings for one to two weeks after release, until the birds gradually stop coming down to me. For example, the flycatchers, released several weeks ago, have just this past week slowly stopped coming down. I have one who still shows up a couple of times a day, and I hear the other two but they don’t come down any more. And of course, the blue jays will continue to panhandle for weeks to come—remember, they’re “slow to independence,” i.e., shameless little beggars!
Below are a few shots of some of the recent releases, some in the flight pen and some outside. When you’re getting mobbed by over a dozen birds demanding a handout, it’s a bit difficult to snap photos, too!