I was quite puzzled when I got this photo of Jasper, the Stellar’s Jay with the floppy wing, uploaded to my computer. It looks like the bottom half of his body got amputated and then his legs reattached.
Then, a week or two later, I saw him shift into this weird position. He was sitting on the deck rail, looking normal, and then he stretched up, fluffed up his feathers and when he lowered himself back down, the bottom half of his body disappeared. I’ve been watching the jays for a long time and I’ve never seen anything quite like this!