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O/T Ever see a white-headed cardinal?

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  1. trapwife

    trapwife Well-Known Member

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    With all the snow, I've been feeding and bird watching alot this week. Last year we had a female cardinal with a white head come to our feeder and she has come back this week. Anyone else ever have one like this? I would post a photo, but I have to wait until one of the kids are home, I'm just too old and dumb to figure out how to do that.
     
  2. GW22

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    I like to put birdseed at the bottom of a birdbath filled with bleach, LOL.

    -Gary
     
  3. hoggy

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    I saw a white headed eagle once............lol. Sorry couldn't help myself.
     
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    Yes you will find them clustered around the Pope.

    --- Chip King ---
     
  6. Bisi

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    Karla, are you forgetting Whitey Herzog?
     
  7. trapwife

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    Sportshot, my white headed lady has more of a "top-knot" than I can see in your photo. Any conservationists on here who can explain this? Bisi, as a true STL Cardinals fan, Leo is looking forward to his induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame next month...among others, Tom Pagnozzi, former Cardinals catcher is also being inducted. I'm taking a trading card to get signed...
     
  8. spitter

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    Chip King... right on!

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  9. School Teacher

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    Trapwife:

    I do not think that your bird is a Cardinal as it does not have the Cardinal's distinctive topknot.

    I think that it may be an immature female Snow Bunting. These birds spend their summer in Alaska and migrate to central North America in winter. They are the a little smaller than a Northern Cardinal and a little more portly. The female has a white rounded head, rusty tan crown where a Cardinal would have a topknot and an orange beak.

    A mature Snow Bunting has a lot more white on its body and is nicknamed a "Snowflake".

    I am not sure if I am correct but you bird does not look like a cardinal to me.

    Here is a link to the Snow Bunting. Look for the breeding female: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Snow_Bunting/id

    Maybe somebody can provide a better identification.

    We get a lot of Blue Buntings in Kentucky in the late spring. The Northern Cardinal which is the Kentucky state bird, is around all year. They typically are a more streamlined bird.

    Ed Ward
     
  10. Barry C. Roach

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    People from Missouri don't know from cardinals. They know their bluebirds though. Hey if a redbird married a bluebird would the offspring be purples?
     
  11. trapwife

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    Ed, that isn't a picture of my bird, mine does have a top-knot. Barry, you silly guy, how do you think we get purple-martins? Happy New Year...
     
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    ummmm
     
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    Trapwife, there are a couple of birds which look a lot like cardinals but have white heads.

    A couple of years ago a Phainopepla visited our bird feeder all winter. At first I thought it was an albino cardinal but finally figured out what it was. They usually are southwest birds and are very rare here in Omaha.

    There is also a
    [​IMG] a Pyrrhuloxia which is also a southwest bird that looks a little like a cardinal.
     
  14. Tron

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    I've looked through all of my bird books and I don't see anything like the bird pictured.
     
  15. trapwife

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    My bird still looks different from these pictures. Wish I was smart enough to get my photo to post. I'll keep working on that...
     
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    Karla can you email the photo if so send it to me and I will add a note to the post that it is your bird.

    Foggy
     
  17. Jawhawker

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    trapwife, did you make or receive some reeeaaallllyyyyy good fruitcake for Christmas?
     
  18. trapwife

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    The only fruitcakes at this house over Christmas was some of the family members. Was I supposed to get one? I've still got your'll presents and will wait til I see you both, Florida, maybe? I'm mad at the post office...bought a $20 child's gift and got charged $33 to mail it overseas...WOW....
     
  19. trapwife

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    Foggy, I'll try, but I'm having computer issues and can't get my photos to download...I'll keep trying.
     
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    Trapwife is this it?

    Mike
     
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