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Odd Cal Towhee query

judisierra
 

I had a Calif. Towhee in my yard yesterday with what at first looked like a black eye. On closer inspection it looks like most of the right side of the face was dark gray and that the feathers were missing. There was a distinct edge and depth difference along the edge with normal feathers. I ruled out wet feathers, and melaninistic spot. Anybody have ideas of what caused this?

Judi Sierra- Oakland