Seasons are a-changing... birds are a-molting... Here is a Blue Jay that, I believe, is about to go bald and doesn't look too happy.
The colors of his back are still gorgeous despite the wear in the white feathers with their broken tips.
This male Northern Cardinal is not far behind. He too is losing his crown feathers.
He is still feeding this youngster, or lurking in the back, as he does in this photo.
Lastly yesterday we had a flock of Tufted Titmouse fledglings in and out of our crabapple tree begging for food.
These fledglings are still cuddly in their juvenal plumage which will soon be changing. Flight feathers are already fully formed.