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Old 07-22-2010, 01:36 AM   #11
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Could be. I've read different things about bird dust baths, that they do it to regulate temperature, to dry off, fix their feathers, or get rid of parasites. I don't think it's understood very well.

I've seen the robins doing it again a few more times lately. They seem healthy. In fact they look just like they do splashing in the bird bath.
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Could be. I've read different things about bird dust baths, that they do it to regulate temperature, to dry off, fix their feathers, or get rid of parasites. I don't think it's understood very well.

I've seen the robins doing it again a few more times lately. They seem healthy. In fact they look just like they do splashing in the bird bath.
I've wanted to create an area for dust bathing since reading about it years ago. Not sure why they do it, but I want to provide a dust bath for them.

Also, I've wanted to create an area for puddling butterflies. I'm trying to figure out if I can do it near the water feature. I'd like shallow areas for birds, damp areas for butterflies, and maybe I can incorporate a dry stream bed effect where I may be able to provide a dust bath. This is still in the planning stages, floating around in my head.
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