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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


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August 24, 2009


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Chery Vaughan

Bald blue jays at my feeder in backyard, st. Pete FL.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Jeff, what I wonder is whether the propensity to molt like this is passed on to the next generation. Would be a great study for an ornithologist! Thanks for reporting from FL.
MK, glad to help and thanks for the report from NJ.


I also have a bald blue jay here in NJ. I thought it could me a molt and appreciate learning that to be true here. Thanks, Nancy!

Jeff N.

Had three bald jays at my feeder, see them every year here in Fort Myers Florida.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Thanks for the reports from NJ (Lake Hopatcong and Randolph), Lilitz PA, Warnerville NY and Colorado.
Wow, this is pretty amazing! Keep reporting your baldies!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lisa, glad to help with your Blue Jay. Cardinals are also prone to this unusual molt. I'm not sure about your other one - sounds like maybe a titmouse that has a scraggly crest. Thanks for commenting and enjoy your birds!!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Barbara and Gail, thanks for checking in with your birds in 2 locations in Canada and in Kansas City, MO!

Luba Irwin

Many bald blue jays in Lititz, PA

Carol Flowers

Thank you so much for posting! I saw for the first time a bald blue jay and I was afraid he was sick. I am in Colorado by the way. Last year we lost our foxes to mange and our deer/elk to CWD. Thank Goodnes this is natural.


Just had a bald blue jay at my feeder. I live in Warnerville, NY. I have never seen that before so had to look it up.


I had one bald headed blue jay for the last week and today saw a second one. Thank goodness they're not ill. I live in Randolph, NJ.

Lisa Anne

Hi! I've got a bald Blue Jay here in Lake Hopatcong NJ. I have two Jays that come to the feeder but only one is bald. He's actually creepy it freaked me out, first time seeing one like this so I looked it up to make sure it wasn't diseased and voila! Here I am. I also have a cardinal and a little grayish bird with a mohawk but I don't know what that is, any ideas? Maybe a tittle mouse?


There are two bald blue jays that appeared this week at my bird bath in suburban Kansas City, Missouri. I'm so relieved they are not sick. At age 59, I'm surprised that this is my first sighting. Thank you for the post.

Barbara Anne Aootewell

5 bald Blue Jays up here in Wiartin. On, Canada and 4 at home in a Goderich, on

The Zen Birdfeeder

And the August 2014 reports stream in from Nutley NJ, Newfoundland Canada, Barrie ON Canada, Guelph ON Canada, Florida, the Poconos of Pennsylvania, ape broke NH, and Webster Groves MO.
Pretty amazing! Thanks everyone for commenting and leaving reports of your bald jays.

Marc Marion

I just saw a bald blue jay at my bird feeder. Very odd.


We just saw a bald blue jay in Webster Groves, Missouri.

Wendy Leighton

Thank you for that information. I saw my 1st bald blue jay right now at my feeder in Pembroke, NH. I thought he was ill.


Hello from the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania! We have bald blue jays, as well as a bald cardinal at our feeder daily. They look pitiful, but it is good to know that they are not diseased!

Kim Y

We live in FL and have noticed several bald blue jays in the past month or so. First time we have seen them like that. We thought maybe they had mites. Glad to know this is a normal process.


Thank you for the information. So happy I thought they were sick. Guelph, Ontario


1 of the 5 at our feeder is bald , near Barrie, ON! They're pretty dominant too, over the other birds at the feeder!


I live in Newfoundland and have several bald Bluejays...they do look rather odd!

Jean W.

We have seen two baldies (blue jays) in the yard for the past few days. They come in for peanuts. We live in Nutley, NJ. It's amazing how scrawny their necks are!!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Allison, where are you located?
Miguel and Diane: thanks for the reports from Putnam Valley NY and Hilliard OH.
Kristin, Great! There was another report from Orillia just recently. Your town must be busy with bald jays!

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