...of spring. While most of the ptarmigan we see are still white, going by this guy I'd say the moult is underway.
H took this pic today. This is the only one with dark feathers on the neck and head. Another has a buff shoulder and others have dark showing on their backs, which is especially noticeable when they're preening. I thought I'd post this because back in January I told members of the Saskatoon Nature Society that over the years I've noticed no changes in plumage while the ptarmigan are wintering in this area. Well, that's no longer true.