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August 24, 2009


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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


Whew, glad to hear its molting. Feather challenged blue jays in southeastern PA

Sophia Young

Bald blue jay here in Medina, Ohio.


Bald bluejay was at my bird cake feeder this morning in Midlothian, VA. Glad the feathers will come back. My cat was absolutely fascinated with him.


I just started bird feeding in my yard this past winter. I have a group of about Six blue jays who regularly visit. I noticed for the first to,e this morning one with a bald head and immediately did a Google search! Glad to learn that he/ she is ok! I am in northern New Jersey.


Thank you for the information !! I was concerned about the weird aspect on my favorite back yard's birds wich a feed every day !!....Gwinnett , Georgia.


I have a bald bluejay frequenting my feeder. I'm so glad this is normal because I have a neighbor who puts rat traps with peanut butter around their yard to dispose of little chipmunks. Before they put up a fence, I rescued a number of jays, robins, and cardinals when they tripped the trap. I thought this poor bird had lost it's head feathers trying to escape! My indoor kitties love to sit near the window and watch the parade of birds all day! I am in Lyndhurst, Ohio, just east of Cleveland.


Two bald bluejays and a bald female cardinal! Glad to have an answer to this puzzling observation!


I saw a bald Blue Jay yesterday in the Panhandle of Nebraska. Glad I found this information and now know it is normal.



Another bald bluejay here in Duluth, Georgia. The rest of him looks beautiful, though. Thanks for the reassurance that he's okay.


So we don't have pterodactyl jays? Darn. XOXOfrom San Antonio TX


Thanks for confirming that my bald jay is not a health issue. We also have a pair of "honeymooning" cardinals. It is so sweet to watch him feed her.
From Solon Ohio.


I've made friends with 6 Jays here in Salem Mass and 3 of them are bald! So happy to have found your site and be able to share this info with others.
Thank you so much!


Thank you, I was getting concerned I thought it was the food and peanuts I have been feeding them! I feel much better now.

Matt NJ

Lol guilty of the search. Noticed one out of 7 jays that feed together in my yard were bald. Thought they were picking on him! Thanks for the info.


Bald blue jays in Chapin, SC on Lake Murrary! Thanks for easing my mind, new to bird watching!


A blue jay has befriended me these last two months, he lands on my shoulder, eats from my hands - it's adorable! This week he's shown up with less and less feathers on his head - I was sure he was being attacked! Thank you for this post, it's such a relief to know he's just molting!
Kelly - Texas

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