A bald headed cardinal!! I couldn’t believe it when I saw this. But then I felt somewhat reassured when I googled “bald headed cardinal” and a lot of questions showed up. Turns out they believe this is an unfortunate molting pattern. That he just so happened to loose all of his head feathers at the same time. They suggest that some of these may be juveniles going through their first prebasic molt. Since we had 3 baby cardinals in our backyard, I’m guessing that’s probably it.
Mr. House Finch does not seem to be concerned about the bald head.
The little black capped chickadees like to swoop in, grab a seed and then take it to the closest branch and break it open. The crack the seed, eat it, and then swoop in for another.
One last birdy photo. You’ll notice the cardinal sits and eats. Taking his time. While the finches flit around, which is what finches do best.
Any birds in your garden this week? Any bald headed birds!?
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