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May 21, 2010


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Larry - thanks!

Larry Jordan

Very funny Nancy. Nice photo and thanks to Julie Craves for the explanation! Very interesting.


Trip to barber or no, at least he's not still listening to Cricklewood Green or Quicksilver Messenger Service. Now that would be REALLY bad! :)

The Zen Birdfeeder

Here's a possible explanation for this from Julie Craves, ornithologist/field ecologist at the Rouge River Bird Observatory:
"I usually see weird feather growth if there is some sort of injury to the skin. There'll be a scab of some sort and the base of the feathers are all clumped together. Looks like it all originates in one small place here."
So maybe the chickadee DIDN'T go to the barber and say, "all business up front, all party in the back".


So what is going on with that Chickadee???


That's too much...


Doesn't that make him ahead of his time? :)

The Zen Birdfeeder

Thanks everyone for commenting on my stylish (20 years ago!) chickadee!


Maybe it's a small ponytail?


Not only is this funny; but you're also very observant to notice.
Is there an explanation for this?


That is bizarre!


Or perhaps it's the ancient Celtic tonsure? :)


Oh. My. Gosh. Too funny!

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