Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bird's Bad Hair Day

Bob Levy [author of Club George, a book about Central Park birds and birdwatchers] writes:

If Northern Cardinals could be said to have bad hair days this would surely qualify as one of them. And no, this bird has not suffered an explosion in the lower tract either. He looked the same way last year at this time. He is, of course, molting although I would not say the way it is progressing in his case is typical of the species. I call him Papa Museum after the prime landmark in his territory: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You are likely to find him caring for two fledglings along the southern end of the museum on either side of the 79th Street Transverse from Fifth Ave. west to the eastern rim of Turtle Pond in Central Park.