Losing Feathers and Losing Teeth

It’s that time of year where several of my backyard birds have started to molt, losing some of their old worn out feathers and replacing them with fresh new ones.

Some do it gradually, and end up looking a bit scruffy, like this Blue Jay…

…while others (like this Cardinal) drop their feathers in chunks, and end up looking scary ugly!

Meanwhile, as my birds are losing feathers, Tucker is losing his puppy teeth.  This makes him want to chew, chew, and then chew some more.

Today, I let him run around the backyard with a hard plastic aloe container, which brought him great delight.

In between serious bouts of teething, he would jump in the fountain and channel his inner Cujo!

Eventually, he opted to simply take the container into the fountain.

My birds are losing their feathers, my dog is losing his puppy teeth, and I’m pretty sure I am losing my mind!  Ah well, life is good!

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.
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24 Responses to Losing Feathers and Losing Teeth

  1. 1nmbirder says:

    Puppyhood is fun, challenging and downright frustrating but oh so rewarding in the end. 🙂

  2. I never thought I’d see an ugly cardinal, but there he is! Many thanks, Kathy, absolutely fascinating.

  3. That’s the creepiest cardinal I’ve ever seen! I had no idea. Thanks for enlightening me.

  4. Wonderful post. I look forward to more of Tucker’s doings😊

  5. Jodi says:

    LOL! Busy fun times in Kathy’s backyard!! ❤ 🙂

  6. I feel like your birds as the end of term approaches!

  7. The birds are cute! Tucker is just one handsome dude!

  8. Jill Kuhn says:

    It is never dull at Kathy’s backyard! Lol! 😊

  9. Tiny says:

    Your pictures of birds molting are very good – educational 🙂 I start seeing the same here. Your puppy is adorable!

  10. Love this! And I have a cardinal who’s having the same issue! He’s about half bald.

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