Monday, March 31, 2008

What's wrong with him?

What's wrong with this poor Robin? I just finished stalking him around the yard for the last half hour trying to get a decent photo of him... these are the best that I could come up with. He didn't feel like posing. At first I thought he had weird coloring but it became evident that a bunch of his feathers are missing. Poor baby.
Even the feathers on the back of his head and neck are gone. I wonder if something tried to get him and he barely escaped with his life. He was hopping around happy and eating so I think he's OK.

7 comments:

Peanut said...

I have no idea what could be wrong. poor thing

Margaret said...

Maybe a hawk tried to get him. I found a clump of feathers in my yard, and a hawk was nearby. I suspect he got someone. Maybe this little robin got away.

Ben said...

I guess this guy is actually pretty lucky, as long as he has enough feathers to take off and fly.

Shellmo said...

Could it be a juvenile? Here is a link to a picture of one. (You need to scroll down.) I hope your little guy makes it!

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/American_Robin.html

Jessica said...

Hi Shelly... I wondered too if it was a juvenile at first but the more I looked at it it definately was missing feathers.... not just juvenile coloring. Poor thing had big bald patches all over it. You could really see the patches when he puffed up. He was acting like a normal robin... eating, hopping around and flying too. His wings looked fully feathered. I think that's what saved him.

frasypoo said...

Hi Jess
I hope he makes it.
How are you?I just dropped by to say Hi
frasypoo

Sandpiper said...

Is your robin molting?

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/studying/feathers/molting/document_view