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Information about a Cardinal variation. (1 Viewer)

Patrick T

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Live in North Carolina near Lake Norman. We recently had two birds visit our feeder. I'm sure they are female Cardianals but they were larger than normal. Somewhere between the size of a Cardinal and the size of a Blue Jay. Both also had white eye patches and white on the lower center of their backs. The white patch on one of them was a perfect diamond. Both were also a gray color and had crested heads. Wasn't positive until I saw the second one that they were Cardinals. Any info on the color variation? Wish I had been able to get pictures.
 

KC Foggin

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Yes, pictures would be helpful but I'm going to move your thread to the Bird I D section of the Forum where it will get more viewers and you'll be notified by email of any poster's thoughts :)
 

KC Foggin

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Well there seems to be a glitch in the Forum and I'll contact admin so it will stay here until we can get it moved.
 

Lisa W

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Hi Patrick, welcome to the forum. Sorry can’t help with the Cardinal dilemma.
 

Hamhed

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Live in North Carolina near Lake Norman. We recently had two birds visit our feeder. I'm sure they are female Cardianals but they were larger than normal. Somewhere between the size of a Cardinal and the size of a Blue Jay. Both also had white eye patches and white on the lower center of their backs. The white patch on one of them was a perfect diamond. Both were also a gray color and had crested heads. Wasn't positive until I saw the second one that they were Cardinals. Any info on the color variation? Wish I had been able to get pictures.
That’s beyond any color variation I’ve heard of, not to mention the larger size and gray color. Even female cardinals have some red. Keep the camera handy!

Steve
 

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