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Archive for March 14, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some photographs I’ve recently taken as well as some of my favorites from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

BIRDS MOLTING FEATHERS

Birds periodically replace their feathers, shedding old, worn ones and growing new ones. This process, called molting, takes place at least once a year for all adult birds, and twice, three and even four times for some. Often all of a bird’s feathers are replaced during a molt that takes place after breeding. Many species have partial molts (often affecting the feathers on their head and body, not the wings and tail) that occur in late winter or early spring. These replaced feathers are particularly noticeable when they land on one of the few remaining patches of snow.