Thursday, October 6, 2011

Shin Molt

This AHY Sharp-shinned Hawk had some great examples of molting in new feathers! You can clearly see the more blue-grey NEW feathers in wings and tail. We even had one that was just recently in blood, as you can see the protective casing that was around the feather as it grew in. The bird will preen the casing off.

Handsome bird!

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