Allendale Fox
Osprey, Late November

Unusual Female Cardinal

Blane Muzio sent me this photo of a female Northern Cardinal with what would appear to be one wild eye ring. The other eye is that way as well.

Blane writes: "I have a female cardinal with a white circular area around the eyes who frequents my sunflower feeder. Is it old age or what?"

It sure is an eye opener. Does anyone have an explanation?

(Thanks, Blane!)