This jay at Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing store
looks like he got a bad haircut
It seems like every fall my mom would give me a short haircut before the school year started and I would spend the rest of the year growing it out again.
Mother Nature also gives some Blue Jays a rather short hairdo in the fall. Fortunately it only takes a few weeks for them to grow their feathers back after their fall molt.
Many people cast the Blue Jay in the roll of bully bird at the feeding station. But jays can be beneficial to other bird species, by chasing away predatory birds, such as hawks and owls, or giving a jayer-jayer call if it sees other predators within its territory.
|Pin-feathers popping through above the eye|
Much about their migratory behavior of Blue Jays remains a mystery. We do see jays year-round in mid-Michigan, but are they the same birds? Young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults. To date, no one has worked out why some jays migrate and some stay year-round.
|Jay all put together again & gathering nuts|