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August 31, 2012


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Betty Ault

We have two at my house in Ohio! Was very concerned so googled it! So happy to have found this site and to know they are ok! I feed them peanuts every morning!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen, yeah, bald as a cue ball and being seen by the whole wide world!
Barbara, glad you like.
Daniel, they're already almost all made-over. Looking much better now!
GoWild, while mites can cause birds to lose feathers, my jays just seem to undergo it every year as part of their "normal" molt. I enjoy observing it.
Arlene, I'm glad you enjoyed them!
Barb, thanks much!


Great pix, Nancy!

arlene hart

I love Blue Jays even when they go through this "ugly" stage! You've done a wonderful job of illustrating an uncomfortable stage for this bird, making us smile and educating us at the same time!


Oh Nancy, these are outrageously funny! And I'm so glad you educated me on what my poor pitiful Jays are going through. I thought they were plagued by some buggy pest!

Daniel LaFrance

Extreme makeover has nothing on this transformation. ;-)

I'm sure mother nature and her infinite wisdom has reason(s) for this radical change.


What a hoot, no make that a bleat!


Oh, the indignity of it all! ;o

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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.