Strange salmon colored bird out my window

by Linda W
(Northbridge, MA USA)

salmon bird passing thru central MA

salmon bird passing thru central MA

In 27 summers here in Southern Worcester County Massachusetts, I have never seen a bird like this. There were two of them in a crabapple outside my kitchen window Aug 9. I have a bird bath nearby, so they likely stopped for a dip. The salmon coloration is so foreign to my dry oak and pine upland wooded site. Can anyone tell me what kind of bird visited? It's a phone photo through a window, enlarged, so not great. Thanks for your help.

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Sep 05, 2017
salmon bird
by: roma

i also agree that it looks like an immature male cardinal-many juviniles look a bit different and later grow into their adult plumage. it might be because this reduces the chance of predators finding it until it can cope with them.bu

Aug 16, 2017
My thoughts too
by: Pam P

That's exactly what I thought when I first looked at the picture, a young cardinal. I'm not sure but it kinda looks like the ones I see in my backyard in NC. I have a lot of cardinals and all the young look completely different from one another. Hopefully someone will chime in and give us a definite answer. Good luck

Aug 16, 2017
Strange salmon colored bird out
by: Bettie Watts

It looks like an immature northern cardinal.

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