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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.

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