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August 24, 2009


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Carol and Judy, seeing a bald jay for the first time can be surprising, concerning and then fun once you realize that in most cases, they're just fine. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Julie Muller

We have visited with a friendly bald blue jay while visiting Fort Walton Beach. He visited us daily on our beach front balcony and he hunted insects in the crevices of our patio furniture. He even pecked my husbands toes and finger nails. He was not at all afraid of us, so I assume he is accustomed to being fed on the condo balconies. I was a bit afraid of his lack of fear around us, but in the end we enjoyed him.


Never seen a Cardinal molt yet but I have seen BlueJays like this. There's one around right now. The first time I saw it was after I had saved a very injured fledgling in 1999. He grew up and one day I walked in to the room and his head and neck were COMPLETELY bald. He seriously looked just like a little buzzard!!! I was in total SHOCK!! So, I researched for a while on the limited internet at that time and finally found out what was going on.
I will NEVER forget my time with my funny and always BUSY little BlueBoy.
-- lots of love from TEXAS

The Zen Birdfeeder

Beth, it is pretty amazing-looking the first time you see it! Thanks for checking in from MN.


Baldie here in Alborn, MN (near Duluth), thought it was ill-been watching jays all my life & have never seen the like! Yes, glad to know it's normal, just looks so goofy!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Laurel and Rosemary, thanks for the reports from TX and OH!


One bald blue jay in San Angelo, Texas. So glad to learn he's healthy, just temporarily "bald"!


Bald blue jays here in Lorain Ohio . Never have seen this before. Thanks for the info.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Neddie, thanks for the report of baldies from TX!


Two bald blue-jays and one female cardinal a little bald in Round Rock, Texas.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Thanks to Todd, Kara, Paula, Tammy and Julie for reports from OH, MN, NJ, IN, and Albany NY (just south of me)!
Keep the reports coming, especially from states we haven't heard from!

Tammy Bair

I live in new haven indiana. This morning as I was watching out my front window I noticed a bluejay and he was bald. Thank you wild birds unlimited for this information, I was worried, had never seen one molt before. My daughter had got me a gift card to wild birds unlimited this year and because of the ladies at your store I have really enjoyed my summer.

todd davey

Bald Blue Jay everyday lately in Akron Ohio. Freaked me out! I thought something was wrong with it. Glad I found this.


Yup! Bald Headed Blue Jay here in Albany, N.Y. today! :-)

paula Berko

I've lived in the same house for 40 years on the edge of woods and wet lands. I am a bird lover! This is the first year that I've seen Blue Jays and Cardinals with this condition. I thought they might be sick. And I have a question for everyone. I live in NJ. 40 years ago we had many Blue Jays and about 20 years ago they disappeared. Was there ever a blight on Blue Jays? In the last 10 years they're back in droves. I love them! We get a lot of Hawks and Blue Jays always let me know when they're around.


Just letting you know I currently have 4 bald blue jays in Moorhead MN!

The Zen Birdfeeder

WOW! 28 reports this go-round, with single reports from Maryland, Ontario, Nebraska, Alabama, North Carolina, Minnesota, Colorado, and South Carolina. We had multiple reports from Georgia (2), New Jersey (3), Virginia (2), Florida (3), Texas (2), and the most reports this time from Ohio (4).
We had a report of a Stellar's Jay as well.
I loved the comparisons to Uncle Fester and to George Costanza!!!
Thanks everyone and keep the reports from all over the continent coming!


A few bald Blue Jays in my backyard. Glad to hear that they are supposed to look like that around this time of year.

Maywood, NJ

Ken G

I usually have 8-10 Blue Jays visit my patio every day. At least 7 are bald and this happens every August. They look rather humorous. Only lasts a couple weeks though.


Glad I came across this too. Yes, for the last few weeks lots of bald Blue Jays around my feeder near Durham, Ontario.


I am so relieved that the jays are healthy and not ill. so happy to read this

Stephani Ray

I found your blog after searching "molting Blue Jays", after seeing a bald Jay at my feeder this morning. We've also seen many bald Cardinals. We're in Hoover, Alabama which is a suburb of Birmingham.


This morning I had a Steller's Jay with no tail feathers. Also the top of the head and neck looked a bit sparse. I knew they molted in the late summer and it was normal for the head and neck area but I have never seen one without tail feathers before.


I just saw a bald Blue Jay here in Annapolis, Maryland and I immediately thought it was sick. Thanks so much for you site! I have seen molting cardinals before but this was the first Jay. It was a little startling.

 Tina and Jimmy

We have we have about Blue Jay and our backyard in Green Cove Springs Florida 30th August 2015

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