Date: 7/29/17 1:35 pm
From: Gretchen Schramm (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: "Anting"
This summer has been really, really hot!

I've taken lots of photographs of cardinals, brown thrashers, mockers and
blue jays "anting" in the hottest part of the day, in the sunniest places
to (literally) bake.

Even Cornell's description of 'anting' is not satisfying my curiosity.

The mocker and blue jay were not on the ground (see CBC Photo Gallery), so
I wonder about the ants and what the true reason is behind them choosing
90+ degrees to lay splayed in the blistering sun, panting.

Any thoughts?

Thanks.

Gretchen
Wilmington, NC

 
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