Thanks David, seems those feather donators had the hard luck of not being born as Cyanocitta Cristata in N. America. The Blue Jay is on the protected list. I see Blue Jays and S. Eastern Blue Jays often in my yard.
They are on the list of birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act List - pdf
The Blue Jay often seemed to me to just be a Crow of a different color. Similar attitude. And both are from the Corvidae family of birds. Some crows are also on the list. Though how you could ever tell them apart I haven’t a clue. How to avoid having a legal crow kebari or an illegal one would be a roll of the dice.
However, I don’t know if anyone has ever been prosecuted for having a fly tied with an illegal feather. Very doubtful it would ever be discovered if you did. Just don’t sell them or market the feathers. But, I have read news stories of people being prosecuted for having in their homes a feather from some protected bird. Usually a hawk or eagle occasionally another kind of bird, didn’t matter that they didn’t kill the bird and had only found the feather on the ground. Must be a pile of them on the ground below the wind mills, the federally protected automated bird killers. Law makers have never been accused of having common sense.
Anyway, if Blue Jay feathers can be legally sold I may order some feathers and try tying a few kebari with them.
Might be safer to not use any found in the yard. Stalin’s spy chief once said, show me the man I’ll show you the crime. His attitude has lived on and migrated like the birds to different countries.