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Seen at Half Moon Bay just south of San Francisco today (8 Sept) hanging out with a bunch of Brewer's Blackbirds (the Starling, not me). I didn't realize how painfully ugly this poor thing was until I saw the photo at home. Looks like the skin around the face is completely denuded. Is this some transition between summer and winter plumage, or juvenile and winter plumage? Thanks.

30694195708_e8165c5af2_o.jpgUgly Starling by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr

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Routine moulting.  Notice the newer feathers that have already come in around the edges of the open area.  Also notice the colors on the other feathers are still relatively well defined, and the edges of the feathers are still sharp and unworn.

Great photo, by the way!  The more I look at it, the more I appreciate it.  Every time I look at it, I notice new details.

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4 hours ago, Maryoneil said:

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