This is a "House Finch", apparently doing what birds sometimes do...

Discussion in 'Nature' started by roundball, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Legend

    Oct 8, 2013
    I glanced out the kitchen window today, and saw it lying on the ground.
    It was in direct overhead sunlight which would have been in the 120*-130* temperature range.
    As I was getting a camera to snap this picture, I was thinking it was dead.
    Then when I raised the window higher to get a better angle for another shot it “woke up” and flew off normally.

    I’ve read (and seen) where birds will lay in direct intense sunlight which eventually causes lice and ticks to get so overheated that they leave the birds feathers to get out of the heat. Usually the tail (as in the case here) is fanned out wide, and sometimes the wings are fluffed out also…so I’m guessing that’s what this House Finch was doing.

    NEX-7 + Canon FD 80-200/4.0-L, Manual Mode & Spot Metering

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