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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.


  • 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.


  • 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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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!


I;m in Orillia Ontario and saw my first bald blue jay today. I had to google it to find out why it had no head feathers. Thanks for your post!

Diane Grossack

Yes, I searched "bald blue jays" this morning.
:) I don't need binoculars to watch the blue jays. I live in Hilliard, Ohio. Every morning a family of blue jays(about 5-6) sit on the fence outside my window and sing, I feed them peanuts every morning. If I'm late they will screech till I put them on the fence picket and on the ground other wise they sing and make clicking sounds. We have many other kinds of birds in the backyard that come to our feeder & birdbath too. But I do so enjoy my mornings with the blue jays.
Have seen a bald blue the last 3 mornings Will try and take a picture of him/her tomorrow
Diane Grossack


I spotted the first balding jays of the season in Putnam Valley, NY during this past weekend of 8/16/14. I thought maybe there was GMO corn in my seed and it was making them ill. Thanks for the post!

Allison Zapata

I've got a ton of bald jays right now! :)

The Zen Birdfeeder

Oh my gosh! It's August and the bald Blue Jay reports are coming in like crazy! From Sault Ste Marie, Canada; upstate NY; Massachusetts; Havorford PA; Orillia Canada; Seabrook NH; White Lake Township MI; central Minnesota.
Thanks for the reports and keep 'em coming!

Teresa F.

Good morning! Thought I had a baby vulture at the feeder this morning- Thanks for the article- Namaste!

Teresa F.
Chesterland, OH

Teresa Gregory

I have a balding Cardinal that comes to me feeder but had never seen bald Blue Jays until today when 2 showed up at my feeder. Thanks for this article. I live in Central, Minnesota by the way.

Maggie Cleary

I saw a few bald blue jays in the yard this weekend (White Lake Township, Michigan), which prompted me to "google" a reason for the baldness. Thank you for the answer! Now I don't have to worry that they are sick!

Janice Tomlin

Oh, I am so glad that I googled this and found your article! I was SO worried about the bald headed Jay here at my feeder in Seabrook, NH. Thanks for the information.


We have three bald Blue Jays in our yard today. We thought something was wrong and googled it. Thanks for posting this and keeping people informed.


Yes, I hadn't noticed before this year, but I've been bird obsessed this year, so I spend a lot of time looking at birds. We had a lively discussion of it on facebook. Also grackles with the same bald head. They look almost vulture-like. Funny!


Live in orillia on canada . We to have bald headed blue jays in our yard. First time to ever see this.

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