Everyone knows the red male Northern Cardinal. And if you’re quiet when you find one, you’ll probably see a female nearby sporting mostly olive plumage. But this is an immature cardinal at Sabino Dam bridge. Immatures have a black beak rather than the red or red-orange of the adults. As this young one turned towards us, we saw pin feathers on his forehead where a bushy crest will fill in.
|Photos by Mark Hengesbaugh 8/23/2015