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pics of a Bluejay sunning

Discussion in 'Nature/Habitat/Garden Corner' started by Mike-and-Kim, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. Mike-and-Kim

    Mike-and-Kim Member

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    First time I saw this I thought it was dead, then it flew away after a few minutes.

    Today (the second time) I just happened to be working from home and one caught my eye. We've been taking pics of the yellow finches at our feeder so I had the camera on the dining room table. Perfect timing.
     

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    It's called anting. It's the way they pick up ants to aid in keeping their feathers clean. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anting_(bird_activity)

    I recently saw one exhibit this behavior for the first time. I thought it was an injured juvenile as the fledglings are still spending a lot of time on the ground.
     
  3. Mike-and-Kim

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    I suppose it could be both reasons...I based it on the debris he is laying on.
     

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