Sunday, 4 May 2014

Poor little red-wing blackbird! It's bald!


Red-wing blackbird from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
This red-wing seemed to have a health issue.

11 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Could it be molting? It is odd looking!

Roan said...

Poor guy. Makes you wonder what happened.

Kay said...

Oh my! That is so very odd. I've NEVER seen a bald red-wing blackbird before. I wonder if it's sick or is it old?

William Kendall said...

That's exceedingly odd!

Naquillity said...

i've not seen anything like that before... i'm guessing your right... it probably has a health issue. but, at least, not an eating issue. hope all is well. have a great night~

Hilary said...

He's not unhealthy.. just moulting. We've seen cardinals (3 in all) blue jays (2) and a grackle - all of whom were bald.. for a while. Some of those were regular visitors to the feeders and we were able to see that their feathers did indeed grow back. Apparently, nobody knows for sure why some lose all their head feathers at once but it's not overly uncommon. Pretty cool that you captured this guy on video.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Three more delightful offerings from Ontario... could this little fellow be hen-pecked d'ya think? YAM xx

Weekend-Windup said...

It's nice to see

Debbie said...

i think it may be moulting. my blue jays look that way at some point during the season and others have told me they are moulting!!

my red wings never come in to the feeders by the house!

Kay L. Davies said...

I've never seen a bald bird, besides buzzards, etc.
E you later.
Luv, K

Phil Slade said...

It looks like abnormal moult Jen. I'm sure it will look fine soon.