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August 11, 2010


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Evan - glad this helped! Thanks for visiting and y'all come back now hear?
DreamFalcon - yes indeed they do!
Larry - I agree that they have a vulture look. Especially when their neck is also very bare and their shoulders look bigger.
Slugyard - that's interesting that it doesn't affect other jays as well.


Wow- that is fascinating! We only have Scrub Jays and Stellar's Jays here, but I've never seen any of them go bald.

Larry Jordan

Great shots of these baldies Nancy! The bird in the first shot looks like a little vulture, only seeing the head and the all white breast feathers ;-) A cute little vulture, or course.


They do look a little spooky with that bold head.


I've been seeing a bald Blue Jay recently and was wondering what that was, if it was normal or mites, etc., so after reading your info, I found out it was normal, so thanks again.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Evan - glad to be of help!


Nice info and pics.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Sylie - Glad this post was helpful. And here's a link to buying Bark Butter online:


I found your blog while searching for an explanation to the half dozen bald blue jays visiting my yard. I am happy to find out it is not to worry about. I'd never heard of bark butter, I will try to find some in my area.

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