Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beauty and the Baldies

 
My one and only hummingbird sighting this year in my yard.

 Molting Blue Jays
 
Blue Jays go through one complete head molt a year in late summer, (as do Northern Cardinals). There is nothing wrong with them, and the feathers will grow back.
 

 
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29 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, these are so sweet!! I have two hummingbirds that daily visit two special liquid feeders that I have for them and I have to refill both of them nearly every three or four days! The little buggers suck them dry!! And, our jays are molting, too!! Such fun to watch them scrambling to get to the peanuts before the squirrels do!! Aren't they fun to watch!!!

Frank said...

Very striking colours on your Jay.

Most of our birds are also undertaking their post breeding moult and are hiding away from the lens!

Muffie said...

I finally saw a hummingbird this summer!! Your poor little blue jays look sad without head feathers!

TexWisGirl said...

ours are looking pretty puny these days, too. :)

RedPat said...

I don't think I've seen such a bald Blue Jay before - they must hide away!

Stephanie said...

The blue jay looks like a bad hair day, poor thing. Nice colors on the two birds.

orchid Miyako said...

One of my dream is taking pictures of bird on the tree p;-) Your hummingbird look so charming♡♡♡ Oh, Blue Jay has these period but I think still sweet looking.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

eileeninmd said...

Cute shot of your hummer! I have seen the baldie jays here too. Great shots.

Elephant's Child said...

The baldies are still beauties.

Carver said...

These are both great and a treat to see the hummer.

Felicia said...

they look really funny with no feathers on their head. I did not know this happens to them. wonderful images.

Susan (ABON) said...

The jays look very much like the baldies at my place. My daughter made the comment, "Mom, I think some of your birds have a disease or something, they look horrible". I had to explain the molting stage to her. Poor birds, now I don't feel so ashamed of my bad hair days...

Rambling Woods said...

Great photos.... Love the hummer and the poor jays... Lol

Linda W. said...

Hummingbirds are so hard to capture. Good for you for getting one on film!

EG CameraGirl said...

At least you got a photo of your hummer! I've hardly seen mine this year. Very strange year!

Willow said...

Great interesting shots of that Jay !
I do love that hummingbird photo nice with the greenery framing him. Our hummers are stocking up at the feeders preparing to leave us here inNew England soon for the long flight out til next Spring when they will return once more.
Oh how I will miss them. But I am savoring our time together this week.

Marie said...

That is a precious little hummer! Great picture of her. About that head-molting. I never noticed that in blue jays and cardinals. Something else I just learned about! :-)

Breathtaking said...

Sweet capture of the Hummingbird
Karen, if only I could see them her in Portugal. The Jay looks kind of vulnerable with the loss of his head feathers, poor guy, but great capture.

maryaustria said...

Such beautiful birds you captured!

Magia da Inês said...

。·..✿✿°
Fotos muito bonitas!

Boa semana!
Beijinhos.
°º。♡♡彡

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images Karen, especially the Blue Jays.

Icy BC said...

Your hummingbird is beautiful and have not seen a molting blue jay before! It is interesting with a bald head :)

ladyfi said...

How very beautiful!

Gunilla Bäck said...

The hummer is so cute. Poor jay. He looks terrible at the moment.

Adam Jones said...

But what a wonderful sighting it was. Lovely shots as always.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Ha! Poor Jay. That's a serious molt.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They do look scruffy this time of year -- just getting rid of the old feathers so they can grow new shiny ones.

BumbleVee said...

ohhh...the poor jay....it looks bad doesn't it? ...and, your little hummer is really cute.... I only saw one and it was waaaayyy too fast for a pic......

Mascha said...

Hard work to crack the peanut... -