Sunday, May 28, 2017

Feather loss

I've seen this feather loss pattern around eyes before, but on a grackle. Named him Mad Eye Moody. Saw this cardinal in rear garden in the morning.
Never expected this, front garden, mid- afternoon, a woebegone female cardinal. Early molt? genetic? lack of proper vitamins? No idea. She appears otherwise healthy, but she sure looks prehistoric. She flew in for bath in our little fountain three times. Bath followed by preening in the tree above. Faced off with bratty sparrows.
Around the corner these were parked in the corner. My brain registered FLAMINGOS. Just what we need in the garden.

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