Date: 6/2/18 11:57 am
From: Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] A question about behavior
Interesting observations and suggestions.

Rob

On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 11:41 AM, Phila Rogers <philajane...> wrote:

> 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
>>
>> 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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>>> Bryan Mumford
>>>
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