[texbirds] Re: Strange Featherless Cardinal

  • From: Lora Render <lorarend@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: josephkennedy36@xxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:31:09 -0500

Blue Jay Photo
http://www.flickr.com/photos/texaslorarend/6077982700/
Lora Render
S.A. Tx.
On Jul 13, 2012, at 11:28 AM, Joseph Kennedy wrote:

> Blue jays do it to but the new feather shafts come in as the old feathers 
> drop so they do not look as bald but are prickly until the new shafts start 
> to open. Its like the no-tailed grackles which will soon appear that lose all 
> their tail feathers at once. Boat-tailed grackles can come close to being 
> bald-heads for a short period but not as much so as cardinals. And then most 
> ducks dump all of their flight feathers at once and cannot fly for a period. 
> Most molt is gradual or staged so that the birds are not disabled, flightless 
> or bald.
> 
> On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> wrote:
> All -
> 
> This is nothing new or regional - I have photos (somewhere) of cardinals in 
> similar condition taken in the 1970s in New England.   A few years ago in 
> May, I digiscoped a cardinal like that in Cape May, NJ while competing in the 
> Digiscoping Category of the World Series of Birding.
> 
> -- 
> Joseph C. Kennedy
> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
> Josephkennedy36@xxxxxxxxx

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