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  •  Some of the birding sites (7+ / 0-)

    I follow and others on Twitter have noted these bald-headed birds, particularly cardinals. I've never seen one but it's certainly worth looking at a bit more closely. Thanks for this and the cattle egret info.

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    by Kestrel on Sun Jul 11, 2010 at 07:39:17 AM PDT

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    •  Cornell has links to articles about bald birds (5+ / 0-)

      One theory is that the birds have feather mites, but are unable to preen the feathers on their own heads. I saw one report of a bald bird " anting " which would support the theory that it's mites, since birds use the ant's formic acid as a natural insecticide.

      Our bald guy looks healthy, and lately has even been hanging out with a young female.

      I'll try to get photos for next week.

      Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.- Molly Ivins

      by loblolly on Sun Jul 11, 2010 at 07:45:57 AM PDT

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