I’ve had a couple calls lately trying to identify a new bird in the yard. The callers describe them as red birds with a black heads. Not black wings like a Scarlet Tanager, not orange like a Baltimore Oriole. The bird was a mystery to me until finally a customer was able to capture a picture of one of these unique birds showing up on feeders all across mid-Michigan.
I don’t believe there is anything wrong with most of these birds, despite how bad they look. The only other reason a bird might lose patches of feathers may be due to health problems such as malnutrition, mite infestation, or some unidentified disease.