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Or, possibly feather loss due to mites.
Bonnie Dundas

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From: "Eric Lazarus" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 9:45 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Featherless heads


>I have one observation to contribute to this yearly discussion.  For 
>several
> weeks, I have had a rather odd looking female cardinal at my feeder.  She
> has no crest, and no facial feathers, so the dark skin around her eye is
> exposed, and gives her a rather bug-eyed appearance.  What makes me think
> she is a fledgling rather than a molting adult,  is that on one occasion 
> she
> was on the feeder with a male cardinal, and though both were feeding from
> the trough, the male would occasionally turn toward her and put a seed in
> her mouth.  I seem to always have only one pair of cardinals, and there is 
> a
> crested female coming to the feeder as well, so I don't think this is
> courting behavior, and mid-August is probably rather late for that anyway.
>
> Eric Lazarus
> Burlington
>