This time of year, many birds are "molting," when they replace all their body feathers with new ones. Of course, with the current heatwave, you could call it "melting." But, it's a natural thing, with three types of molting, according to Bob Danley and his Bitterroot Outdoor Journal:

  • Molting type 1 - One complete molt per year. Examples - chickadee, thrush, hawks.
  • Molting type 2 - A complete molting after nesting and a partial molt in the spring. Example - warblers.

  • Bob says feathers make up about 10 to 15 percent of a bird's body weight.

    A Marsh Wren. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)

    Bob also said now's the time see the butterfly called the Great Spangled Fritillary. It sounds like it was named by P.T. Barnum. You find the orange-hued butterfly on violets and it nectars on thistle, dogbane and asters. It moves slow, which is good for photos. Bob's reports are heard Thursday mornings about 7:45 a.m. on KLYQ 1240 AM and at klyq.com.