One of Nature's prettiest at its annual July ugliest

roundball

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
Never seen it or knew about it. Once again I have learned something newšŸ§
I hear ya....and it sure gives us a good look at the size of birds ear holes.

Good info hear:
 

aya28ga

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
Lots of birds start looking raggedly this time of year as they molt, male Cardinals are just more obvious. That one's head looks like a Turkey Vulture!
 

Blackwater

Twelve Pointer
Had a number of molting cardinals in my yard several years ago but haven't seen any since, thought it might be a genetic thing since it occurred over three summers and then died out. One female lost all but one long crest feather and we named her Pocahontas.
 

roundball

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
Nice shot! Never seen that on a cardinal before.
Rarely see it myself...maybe only the 3rd or 4th time in my life, LOL.
I've read that when Cardinals, Blue Jays, etc, are going through this, they become reclusive, which would probably account for reduced sightings...
 

UpATree

Eight Pointer
Contributor
I set up a feeder this year and have been seeing something like a cardinal with odd head feathers, no crest. I thought it was a different species but I could not find it in any of the books. Now I know it's just a cardinal molting. Thank you for the lesson.
 
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