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ATTENTION

  • 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.

ACCEPTANCE

  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.

RESPONSIBILITY

  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.
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August 24, 2009

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Lara

Bald Headed Blue Jays in Southern Saskatchewan Canada July 24/2014

The Zen Birdfeeder

Thanks Susan B., Crystal G., Critter Care, John, Andie, Hippiechickiechick and Kerrie for stopping by about your bald Blue Jays! How are they looking now? Better?

Kerrie

Bald blue jay in central Arkansas today. Thanks for the article. I was initialy very concerned.

Hippiechickiechick

TAME squirrels not game squirrels....could there be a worse auto spell check faux pas??? YIKES!!!!

Hippiechickiechick

Bald blue-jay in Frederick, MD. I am so glad I came across your site. Was worried he was ill. They squawk at me right on the deck for more peanuts I try to keep out for my game squirrels. :)

Andie

Bald BlueJay in Crozet, VA today! I'm glad we found this site... We thought it was VERY strange!

John

We have had both bald headed bluejays and bald headed cardinals for years at our home. We also feed them peanuts on the rail of our deck. We buy them in tins from the supermarket. At first they did not know what to with them. The bluejays were first to make the bold attempt at eating them. The cardinals followed suit. The chickadees got on line also. In winter and spring we have the nuthatchers honking on our deck for the peanuts. I experimented and put out almonds one day. At first the almonds were ignored. I'm not sure which bird came forward first, but now if given a choice, the almonds are the first to go.
We have at least 3 bald bluejays and 3 cardinals. I was concerned that the protein from all the nuts was causing the feather loss. They are all perfectly healthy. We will continue feeding them the nuts as they constantly squawk for nuts throughout the day!
PS: We live in Napeague which is at the southern tip of the south fork of Long Island, New York. This is a major migratory path in the spring and fall.

Critter Care

Thanks for the information! I too thought the birds were either very young (didn't have all their feathers) or were sick.

So glad it's just a normal molt for them. Hadn't seen any here in this part of Texas for many years, until about 3-4 years ago, and last year was the first time we ever noticed the bald ones.

When my husband noticed one today I decided to see if I could find out what might be going on with them. Again, thanks so much! : )

Crystal Griffin

Saw a bald Jay in Oklahoma today

Susan B

Thank you for this post! I came across it after Googling bald blue jay, of course! Wanted to make sure it wasn't sick and going to infect my feeder. :)

The Zen Birdfeeder

Joan, glad our experience was of help to you. Jays are loud - bald or not!!

Joan

Finally an answer. I've noticed them too and assumed they were sick. But they seemed very robust and as loud as usual! Also hadn't seen them for a couple of years and with the bald heads I thought it was an epidemic. Something chased them away for a while but they're back.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Glad to help, Dave, and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

dave


i ve noticed quite a few baldies at my feeder lol now i know why tyvm

The Zen Birdfeeder

Andrea, jays can lose their feathers for health reasons, but I feel confident that when my resident jays lose all their head feathers, all during the month of August (only), it is an irregular molt. As I look over them now, in late September, most are grown or growing back.

Andrearosner4

They must molt a little later in the season in Florida. Am happy to learn from your site that there is no health problem...just replacing their feathers. As it is very different from how parrots molt, I was concerned about one of the birds I have been feeding for a few years now. I can see the new feathers emerging and although my little friend looks like an alien, his behaviour has not changed. I provide peanuts as well as feed, stashing them in the nooks and crannies of a bottlebrush tree.
They are very tolerant of my presence and will come for peanuts while I am still placing them, literally inches away. Such beautiful birds...thank you so much for the information your site provides.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Eliza, glad to help!

Eliza

Noticed one today, sept. 9th. Glad to know they aren't I'll.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Linda, great observation and I'm glad you got a picture of the bald jay. Watch for a post coming soon with LOTS of bald jay pictures!

Linda

I just saw a bald blue jay in my yard and snapped a picture of it. I don't think I've ever seen one like this before. Thanks for your pictures and posts because now I know it's normal. Interesting too!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Matt, no wonder the jays love you if you're feeding them peanuts! Glad that you're enjoying them, whether they're bald or not! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Matt

I have a whole flock of bald blue jays in the yard every day now (I feed them peanuts).

One of the Jays is truly bold/rogue, and I HAND FEED it a peanut every day while the other Jays hide in the trees!

I've filmed the hand feeding several times, but am holding off for now while he looks like a freaking vulture with that bald and unsightly head/neck.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen - first I've heard that! Get a picture and post it on WBU Facebook page!!

Ellen

I saw a bald robin the other day!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Jerri, glad I could help!

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