Even the Birds are Shedding Their Feathers in This Heat
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:
Bob says feathers make up about 10 to 15 percent of a bird's body weight.
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.