Date: 9/30/17 12:25 pm
From: Tim Spahr <tspahr44...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] a bird--leaf bathing
Hi David, thanks for this story. I've actually seen a female Cerulean
Warbler (in southern Ohio) take a bath "in" a living sycamore leaf up in
the canopy. This is now > 10 years ago and I still remember it due almost
entirely to the cuteness factor!

Tim Spahr

On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 11:52 AM, David Gibson <20cabot...> wrote:

> I wonder if anyone has ever witnessed a bird bathing on either a single or
> compound leaf. Today I lead a trip at Paradise Creek Nature Park in
> Portsmouth, VA. While scouting at around 7 am (everything was drenched with
> dew), I looked up and saw from under a large leaf what I thought was a
> butterfly caught on a leaf. I could see and hear the fluttering. It turns
> out whatever it was had a beak and a tail. It was a N. Parula taking a
> bath! I caught the bird with my binocs as it left, and the bird, too, was
> drenched with dew. It had clearly been bathing. I've now added this to my
> mental list of interesting things I've seen birds do.
> Dave Gibson, Chesapeake, VA

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