Cardinal Comb-over

Summer is the season where my Cardinals are not their usual stunning selves! The phrase “Bald is beautiful!” definitely does not apply to them!

During this time of molting, some of them look like they are trying to use the comical comb-over technique to hide their featherless heads.

It’s safe to say that molting is NOT a pretty process! But thankfully,  their brief period of baldness will soon give way to a splendid new batch of flaming-red head feathers and they will once again be the beauties of the backyard…

…like this gorgeous guy!


About kathydoremus

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.
This entry was posted in Backyard Birds and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Cardinal Comb-over

  1. Jodi says:

    I’ll have to look more closely at mine for molting! Great shots!!!

  2. jmcheney says:

    Too bad it’s annual, but good that it’s brief. A chance maybe to find to some cast off feathers. A big bear in my backyard this morning ate all the sunflower seeds & peanuts I had just spread on the wall for my indoor cat to watch the birds. Gave up the feeders yrs. ago when the bears tore them down. And broke 2 of them. Charlie Cat may have to give up bird-watching for awhile again. Oh, these poor old Asheville bears roaming around town, all displaced from the developed mountainsides. Such a shame & a concern. This one this morning had a ear tag so it is being tracked.

  3. dawnkinster says:

    I have a bluejay here with few if any feathers on his head. I didn’t know birds molt every year. I haven’t seen any cardinals like this before.

  4. de Wets Wild says:

    Oh dear! He looks quite displeased at you shooting him not looking his best. 😀

  5. Poor fellas, with their bright red color, it shows their ‘baldness’ so much more. So nice he’ll be back to beautiful in no time! 🙂

  6. Wonderful post – great transformation!

Comments are closed.