Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Somebody Needs New Feathers!

Our local Black-capped Chickadees are looking pretty scruffy right now, as they're going through their yearly molt to replace all their old feathers with shiny new ones. (More information about bird molting here.) One chickadee in particular who I've seen for several days now outside our window is just so astonishingly awkward-looking, it's hard to imagine this fellow as one of those super-sleek birds we see in spring and winter! Oh, chickadee, you need to get through this molt:

I can't help smiling at that feather sticking out of the top of its head. :P

Poor funny chickadee. :)

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