Unusual Bird Behavior

I apologize for total lack of quality in both of these pictures. The cloudy day, being in the house and the distance to the subjects was the way it was.

The groundhog was out for its midday meal. At least there were no longer any flowers and other plants I wouldn’t want to be a meal for it.

While watching it, I saw movement further back in the yard at the burn pile. We have 2 acres. I burned 5 sacks of paper this morning.

A mockingbird perched on a branch and flew quickly down into the pile of ashes, causing a cloud of ash, and then returned to the brush pile. It repeated this 3-4 times, with time between. A male cardinal did the same 1 time. Obviously, there were no smoldering embers.

All I could figure was that the mockingbird was taking a dust bath in the ashes. Birds take dust baths to clean their feathers and skin, and to get rid of mites. Usually they spend more time in the dust during a dust bath than the mockingbird did in the ashes

I had never seen this behavior before. This just proves that one can continually learn from nature for years and years and years.


10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Vicki on December 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

    that is very interesting.


  2. Posted by my secret love for you on December 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

    it is true you definitively can learn every day, in fact my husband is from the country side and he told long time ago when I saw a bird doing something similar that they do that to get rid of little insects. I haven’t see something like that in years.
    Very interesting!


  3. Very interesting! I haven’t seen that. Always learn something new! 🙂


  4. This is very interesting. Nice discovery to share with your readers/viewers. I imagine that ashes might just be a shade better that plain sand or dirt. Maybe more klling power to get rid of the mites. I bet those ashes felt really nice to those birds. Might have even warmed them up a tad in some odd manner.


  5. Posted by Therese on December 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Your groundhog looks like he is getting plenty to eat! Loved the information on the birds. Thank you, “deer” teacher!


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