Date: 6/2/18 10:39 am
From: Tom Miko <tgmiko...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
This sounds like dust bathing, against mites, or other arthropods in the
feathers.
Tom

On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:05 PM Bryan <ng1...> wrote:

> I just saw a bird in my yard exhibit a behavior I have not seen before.
> I’m no expert, but it may have been a Black Phoebe or a Wester Wood Peewee.
> The head was dark with a spike on top, like a punk haircut. It flew down
> out of a tree, landed on a patch of bare dirt, and immediately spread out
> both wings to lay flat on the ground. It sat like that for several minutes.
> It didn’t seem to be scanning for insects, though it looked around a
> little, maybe for safety. I was sitting in a chair, and it flew away when I
> slowly stood up to get a better look. The ground was dry, the temperature
> in the mid 70s, no wind. Location is Antone and SM Foothills Preserve on
> June 01 at 1:30 PM. It seemed odd. Was it just warming itself?
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