This Male Cardinal stands out in the yard, not only for his bright color,
but also for his missing crest.
Some birds molt in late summer or early fall and loose their head feathers.
When they do, they become secretive and less active,
so I have been surprised to see this little guy every day, bouncing about on the deck rail.
It is also a little odd to see this now during early summer.
I did a little research and it could also be mites or lice.
Poor little guy!