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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Some Reasons Robin's Bathe So Much (Tuesday's Truths Week 81)





When I was in Central Park on the day before Earth Day, I saw many wonderful happenings, which I wrote about in a recent entry here on Blogger.

Something I did not include in the aforementioned post is that I witnessed an American Robin bathing in a small body of water in close proximity to a little water fall. He/she can be seen in the act of bathing within the photos directly above.

Below are a few images of the water fall which I'm referring to.




In any event, my discovery of a lone robin bathing in CP, prompted me to do a bit of research re the bathing habits of this bird type and I'm offering my findings for this week's Tuesday's Truths series. 

According to a learner web-page, "Robins bathe as often as possible. They'll use any kind of water they can find: ponds, mud puddles, melted snow, bird baths, and lawn sprinklers. Sometimes many robins will line up to wait for a bath!"

The page also states, "Lots of splashing is part of the program! Robins have hollow bones, so the are too light to submerge themselves. Instead, they bathe in shallow water and splash it up to wet their backs and heads." 

Moreover they explain, "Lots of splashing is part of the program! Robins have hollow bones, so the are too light to submerge themselves. Instead, they bathe in shallow water and splash it up to wet their backs and heads... If the feathers got sopping wet, the robin would have trouble flying. So it takes many short baths rather than one long soak...Bathing helps keep skin parasites off robins. (The parasites are tiny animals that live on and harm a robin's skin.)"

American Robins are frequent visitors to my rooftop garden. The following set of pictures feature this bird type enjoying my place during the different seasons.







American Robins are merely introduced in volume two of the Words In Our Beak book series, however, more details will be given about them in volume three, which is scheduled to be available in September.

ADDENDUM FALL 2018: 

Hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.



Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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