This little guy has been fading away for several weeks. I think he flew into the glass on the side of the shuttle bus shelter, he was pretty fresh when I first saw him 2-3 weeks ago. The next day the aunts were having a feast. He was still there a week later (I don't ride the bus often.) This afternoon he was still there, or at least the essence of him. How far can he fade and still be recognizable as a bird. Feathers, beak, his claw like feet, he still has the essence of bird. How much farther can he fade.
I do research on aging. We look at adults, fading, the same question, how far can we fade and still be recognized as the person we started out as?