[Mnbird] Strange-looking white-crowned sparrow Cook County

Paul Wicklund p.wicklund at mchsi.com
Thu May 26 10:46:37 CDT 2016

We are watching a white-crowned sparrow near Cascade Park on the shore of Lake Superior. The head, neck and back look normal, but the usually clean gray breast and flanks have long, scruffy black feathers that hang down (more on one side than the other). It is very skittish and frequently flies into nearby shrubbery and picks and preens at them.  Any thoughts on what may have caused this?
Jan Wicklund

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