This feathered friend showed up at our birdfeeder last week:
But where is her tail?!
It's a female Brown-headed Cowbird. My friend Happy Wombat Boy suggested that she is either molting or, more exciting, made a daring escape from a predator!
She's not as innocuous as she looks. Brown-headed cowbirds are parasitic nesters. Instead of builing their own cozy nests for their young, they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, and abandon them to be hatched and raised by the other mama and papa, usually at the expense of at least some of the host birds' babies.
I know a few humans with similar qualities...