…and in with the new! Have you noticed that our cardinals look a bit worse for wear at this time of year? What’s up with that? Well, bird feathers are not that different to our nails and hair, and as a result they are subject to wear and tear, and are easily damaged. Feathers are ‘dead’ structures and cannot heal themselves, so birds shed or drop them and grow new ones. This process is called molting and all birds go through it. Cardinals, and other songbirds in our area typically go through this process once a year in late summer, which is why they’re looking a bit scruffy right now. Don’t worry though, they’ll be looking sharp again in a few weeks.