My fascination with fluff and feathers started long ago, in a far away place, or so seem now. I started fly tying at a young age and once I discover that feathers were used to tie flies no bird was safe. My Uncle, who is a Federal Bird Bander, had to counsel me that releasing a Cardinal or Blue Jay after banding didn?t mean that you removed any feathers. He had to explain that House Sparrows, Starlings or legally taken game birds were the only ones which I could pluck, except for barnyard birds, like ducks, geese and chickens.