For the challenge I have chosen this gray catbird that I photographed at the Maplewood Nature Center back on August 15, 2008. The reason why I chose him to represent this challenge should be obvious.
He spent quite a while out in the open on this log preening. He would make a great poster boy for the old saying, "things are going to get worse before they get better". I did see him again a few days later in about the same spot and he looked pretty disheveled and in disorder again on that occasion also.