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Chandler Woods has a "Partridge in a Pear Tree"

Chandler Woods has a "Partridge in a Pear Tree"

A 2nd grade student at Chandler Woods Charter Academy named Ralph Partridge climbed up in the Pear Tree to have his picture taken! His name is really "Partridge" and the tree is really a "Pear Tree" - only it's a flowering pear tree not one bearing fruit one. (The pears were left over from the school lunch program to give an added effect!)

Kim Bryant, Chandler Woods Academy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w