I’m Molting! I’m Molting!

Please tell me the Wicked Witch of the West was ringing in your ears when you read that title!

For birds, molting is when old feathers that are worn and damaged are replaced with new feathers.  Usually it is a slow process that happens a little at a time.  Most birds molt once a year, but some undergo this transformation two or three times a year.

cardinal 1
Right now, a motley crew of molting cardinals has taken up residence in my backyard.

cardinal5

cardinal2

When I see them, I cringe and yet have to smile.  They look pretty pitiful at the moment, but it won’t be long before they are truly beautiful.

cardinal4

You know, I often feel a bit like a molting bird!  God always seems to be at work in my life, pulling out a feather here and a feather there, and I’m pretty sure I too look pretty pitiful during the process.  But I figure if He can take comething that looks like this…

cardinal3

…and turn it into something that looks like this…

cardinal6

…then He must know what He is doing!

Advertisements

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
This entry was posted in Backyard Birds and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to I’m Molting! I’m Molting!

  1. Yes, It did make me think of the wicked witch, and Dorothy. It does look like they are melting.

    Alan

  2. milicaaa97 says:

    This bird is very interesting and unusual. 🙂

  3. Sue says:

    LOL! Very humorous post, and what a scraggly-looking, un-beautiful specimen of a cardinal. I have seen bald ones, but none that had as many missing feathers as the one above. He must have been trying to do a whole body molt all at once, instead of gradually over time.

  4. Amen! Great post and loved the photos. I’m seeing a pretty “molt-ly” crew here, too. 🙂

Comments are closed.