Aug 31 2011
I was sitting outdoors just after dawn when I heard a cardinal make warning calls behind me. I couldn’t see her but I could tell she was upset by my presence, though I didn’t move. Eventually she popped out and perched on a branch in full view.
Yikes! She was ugly! All the feathers were missing from her head and face except for one tuft where her crest should have been. Her skin was black. I could see her ear holes.
I don’t have a picture of her but if I did you wouldn’t want to see it. Way too ugly!
So you’ll just have to imagine this bird is bald.
Or if you really can’t imagine it, take a look at the cardinals on this Bill of The Birds blog from September 2008.
(photo in the public domain via Wikimedia Commons. Click on the photo to see the original)