[CT Birds] Bald Cardinal

David Carey careydavid at sbcglobal.net
Fri Apr 5 17:18:12 EDT 2013

We live in Haddam and several years ago (when unfortunatley I didn't have a very 
good camera) we had what appeared to be a bald (head void of feathers) female 
cardinal.  Head looked like that of a turkey vulture.  Being in Haddam and close 
to the river we affectionatley referred to it as the "power plant" bird.  It was 
odd looking and didn't seem to socialize much either.  She was here for several 
days and then we have never seen her or one like her since.
Captain Dave

From: Glenn Williams <gswilliams9 at yahoo.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Fri, April 5, 2013 11:41:11 AM
Subject: [CT Birds] Bald Cardinal

I realize that this topic has come up before on CTBirds, but it was my first 
yard experience with it.  This morning, a bald adult male Northern Cardinal 
joined the wave of new arrivals in the yard.  For whatever reason, he was 
hanging out with the resident House Sparrows, as if his bizarre appearance had 
him banished from the "good bird" set.  

Lots of Blue Jays seemed to have come in last night.

Glenn Williams
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