Have You Ever Seen A Robin’s Ears?

My new birdbath has become quite a happenin’ place!

The other day I enjoyed watching a couple of Robins splash about.

Robin number one landed in the water and wasted no time before engaging in some serious wing flapping and water spraying.

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His bath was rudely interrupted by a bossier Robin who landed on the edge and then took over the basin.

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As he was scruffing his feathers and giving his head a good scratching, I was fascinated to see that his ear was exposed.


Isn’t that kind of cool!
For most birds, their ear openings stay covered by a cluster of feathers called auriculars.  (I had to look that up!)  These feathers help to protect the ears from debris and also from wind noise.  But sometimes, when a bird is molting or bathing, the ear is visible.

Once the head scratching was complete, this fellow gave himself a thorough soaking…

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…and then shook off the excess water and off he flew.


And now you can say that you are one of the few who has seen a Robin’s ear!
I wonder who will be the next bird bather to enjoy the new bath!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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27 Responses to Have You Ever Seen A Robin’s Ears?

  1. Carmen says:

    That was very interesting!

  2. Carol says:

    How cool! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Jill Kuhn says:

    WOWZA! Amazing shot, Kathy!!! And that Robin had quite the bath! Lol! 😄

  4. That is so neat! Thanks for sharing !

  5. discovering says:

    This is supercool!!

  6. Sheila Moss says:

    Wow, I didn’t even know they had ears.

    • kathydoremus says:

      I knew they must have ears because of the way they listen to the worms, but I never really gave much thought as to where their ears were tucked away.

  7. Wow! Super photos, Kathy!

  8. Jodi says:

    Wow!!!! That is amazing! Thanks for sharing Kathy!

  9. de Wets Wild says:

    Now that is a very special shot, Kathy!

  10. No I never saw the ears of any bird. So cool Kathy! And he seemed to be enjoying his bath 🙂
    Best wishes,
    Takami ❤

  11. Fascinating ear shot, Kathy! Now I have seen one, cool!

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