Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Don’t buy into the hype

photoshopped female Northern Cardinal

non-edited female Northern Cardinal


7 responses

  1. Yeah, right. :-)

    September 1, 2011 at 8:14 am

  2. melissakoski

    Caught me in a lie Bob (: That female has been bald for a few months now…

    September 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

  3. Poor thing! What on earth happened to her?

    September 2, 2011 at 12:58 am

    • melissakoski

      Lisa I researched it a bit and thought maybe she happened to have a complete head molt instead of the regular few feathers at a time molt. BUT she’s been bald since late June and not one feather is growing back…so I am at a loss as to what the deal is. I’m glad she seems otherwise healthy. She hasn’t lost any weight, feeds regularly and is still keeping a lose eye on her last brood of young. ? Enjoy the holiday weekend!

      September 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      • melissakoski

        Her feathers are back! (ugly, but present as local temps drop)

        September 15, 2011 at 10:35 pm

  4. Oh goodness, I feel horrible for her. I want to knit her a little hat – and I dont knit. She could have been friends with my mostly featherless parrot, he only had feathers on head, wings and tail.

    September 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    • melissakoski

      She really seems strong other than the lack of head feathers so it thankfully hasn’t been heart breaking. I hope I can say that after winter weather arrives. If you did knit I’m sure it would be the perfect colorful and funky cap. You’re so crafty you’ve made people (: xoxo

      September 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm


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