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Old 06-29-2010, 10:19 PM   #1
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The weather has been very hot and dry here this year, so the bird bath has been very popular, but I notice birds like to roll around on the ground, too.

I thought this robin might have been injured or sick when I first saw it - it was motionless on the ground, with its wings spread wide as if it were flying, but when I returned with the camera, it was preening and rolling around in the mulch. Of course, I wasn't able to get the picture of it pretending to be an eagle..
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:46 PM   #2
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The Flicker is a favorite of mine. They're not rare, but it's not often that you can get close enough for a decent picture. So I was thrilled to get these, and even happier that Sony fixed my computer and didn't erase them!
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:55 PM   #3
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Flickers eat ants. I wondered if the bird was trying to rouse some ants, or if it was taking a dust bath, or ? It was in this spot for a few minutes. Check out its face!
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:12 PM   #4
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You can just see the yellow in the wings in some of the pictures, but if you ever see a flicker fly between you and the sun just right, you see a big flash of yellow.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:27 PM   #5
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Last ones for now - sorry if there's too many pictures, but I've been going through posting withdrawal for a couple weeks. It's great having the 'puter back, I thought I might lose all my pictures
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:30 PM   #6
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Not too many pictures at all. If anything there have been way to few recently. I like this very much. You captured some great bird behavior moments...
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:48 PM   #7
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Well good, hopefully I can get more pictures! Bluejays use the mulch too, but they're camera shy.
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I agree with Gloria! I love seeing birds taking dust baths. I don't think I've ever seen a flicker do it before. Your guy seems very happy, almost smiling in a couple of your photos!
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Great pictures, swampthing. Thanks for sharing.

I love "the face". ~smile~
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:34 AM   #10
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Could the birds be having problems with mites?
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