I like to feed the birds in our yard. We have quite a few feeders on several sides of the house as well as two on the second floor. Even the husband has gotten into the bird watching. He has a feeder in his office window and enjoys watching the birds during his work day.
About a month ago an unusual bird showed up at the feeder in my sewing room. I get a nice close view of birds at this feeder since in sits right on the window ledge. At first her appearance was alarming! I thought it was a new type of bird that I had never seen before. But then, as I looked closer I realized it was a female cardinal.....with NO feathers on her head. Completely bald. She looked like a miniature vulture. I immediately felt sorry for her! I have no idea why she is bald or if she will always be bald. (Although, thanks to the wonders of internet search I've discovered that it isn't a particularly serious condition) She seems healthy and I think she had young to feed this year. And a male cardinal is often around with her, so she isn't shunned by the other birds. She seems to chirp happily and appears to be a well adjusted, though odd looking creature. I guess birds don't have self image problems and really don't care much about how they look. We could learn a lot from that.
Here's the best picture that I could catch through the window. It's taken through the slats of the blind, when she was just starting to fly away, but I think you can get an idea of her strange look.