The last few days, I've enjoyed watching this odd guy visit my birdfeeders.
He's been here for a few days and is very cautious, as he should be! He flies ok, but not great, so he could become a target of predators like hawks.
Birds can lose their tail feathers for a number of reasons including illness, irregular molt, or a narrow escape from a predator. The good news is that the feathers WILL grow back and our friendly Blue Jay will not look like an overgrown nuthatch much longer!