June 27, 2007 [LINK / comment]

Another molting season begins

canary feathers George has stopped singing for the past couple weeks, and Princess has stopped flirting. Indeed, neither of them are doing much of anything right now, other than irritably scratching themselves. Yes, it's molting season once again, as they shed their old feathers and start to grow new ones -- a process that takes up much of their energy reserves. Over time, those feathers really accumulate. We collect the clean ones and may make a decorative pillow out of them some day.

This is one day's worth of feathers shed by Princess and George.