Friday, February 08, 2013

Dirty Bird!



Yes. The turkeys are still entertaining me. It's just odd for a reasonably sized city to have flocks of turkeys. Anyway.

I stopped to get a shot of them at this house because they are an eccentric couple who own a mini pig and have odd decorations out all the time.

What happened though - the bird went to shake like a dog, and this huge dust cloud fell out. It was the weirdest thing. I've never seen that happen before. Is that normal?

3 comments:

purplemagpiesnest said...

If the bird recently took a dust bath in dry dirt, yes, that would be normal. Did you see any scratched up dirt near where the birds were?

she said: said...

I don't know. I didn't know bird did that. And I've spent a few years on the planet. How did you know they did that? That free floating knowledge should have reached me by now. Ha hahah.

purplemagpiesnest said...

I used to keep chickens, and they dust bathe regularly. :) It's their way of getting rid of external parasites. If you watch them it also looks like they're actually having a lot of fun doing it, they can get downright ecstatic.

One of my hens once was so into her bath, she didn't notice that it was getting dark and the others had already gone to roost. She just kept lolling and lolling, and rolling and dusting, with her eyes closed. And then she panicked when she finally realized she was all alone. :) (Never fear, I helped her find her way to the coop before I locked it up for the night.)

 
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