Date: 6/2/18 11:48 am
From: Phila Rogers <philajane...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
Could this be a form of "Anting" encouraging ants to come into their
feathers and release formic acid which can act like and insecticide? Phila
Rogers

On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 10:37 AM, Tom Miko <tgmiko...> wrote:

> This sounds like dust bathing, against mites, or other arthropods in the
> feathers.
> Tom
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> On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:05 PM Bryan <ng1...> wrote:
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>> 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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>> Bryan Mumford
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