Teenage Mutant Northern Cardinal

My Mom and Dad, who are fellow bird nerds, sent me a picture this morning of a Cardinal that has been hanging out at their feeders.  This fellow has a major beak deformity, but he is still managing to scoop up seed.  Cool?  Creepy?  I can’t decide.


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Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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7 Responses to Teenage Mutant Northern Cardinal

  1. Is it a deformity or does he have something stuck on the upper part of his beak. Almost looks like a piece of plastic.

  2. kathydoremus says:

    It does look like plastic, but I’m pretty sure that is this poor guys beak. They sent a few other pictures that gave a bit better angle. I had never seen such a thing, so I “googled” it. Apparently, it’s more common than I knew.

  3. Poor thing! Keep feeding him!

  4. Sue says:

    Deformed foot too. Definitely a mutant. What’s in their water? ( just kidding)

  5. Ohhhh, poor, poor baby!! That broke my heart. Definitely a deformation going on. Poor thing!! I wonder if they should make a report to the local Audubon Society or DNR. (Just in case of disease.)

  6. Poor little fella! 😦

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