The time of year for messy birds is here. It’s molt season, and nearly every bird you encounter in the late summer and fall is replacing something. Even though we are familiar with molt in theory, it’s still a confusing and intimidating process for many birders in practice. Dani Kaschube is the MAPS coordinator and bird banding guru for the Institute for Bird Populations. She has taught banders the ins and outs of molt for decades and she joins us to demystify molt, or at least make our best effort to do so.
Also, Greg Neise talks to Jason Martinucci of Mundelein, Illinois about his visiting Violetear and what it’s like when the rare bird circus comes to town.
Plus, female hummingbirds in the tropics that look like males to avoid being harassed.
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