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.
His bath was rudely interrupted by a bossier Robin who landed on the edge and then took over the basin.
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…
…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!
27 thoughts on “Have You Ever Seen A Robin’s Ears?”
That was very interesting!
Creepy but cool!
WOW WOW WOW
How cool! Thanks for sharing 🙂
You are most welcome! 🙂
WOWZA! Amazing shot, Kathy!!! And that Robin had quite the bath! Lol! 😄
Robins and Thrashers are such exuberant bathers!
That is so neat! Thanks for sharing !
My pleasure! 🙂
This is supercool!!
Supercool in a creepy kind of way, but I’ll admit, I was fascinated!
Wow, I didn’t even know they had ears.
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.
Wow! Super photos, Kathy!
Thanks. It was a fun post to share. 🙂
Wow!!!! That is amazing! Thanks for sharing Kathy!
I’ll admit, I guess I had never really thought about where a Robin’s ears were.
Me either. I cannot believe you captured that!!!!!
Now that is a very special shot, Kathy!
I didn’t realize the ear was visible ’til I was sorting through pictures on the computer. It was fun to get that shot. 🙂
No I never saw the ears of any bird. So cool Kathy! And he seemed to be enjoying his bath 🙂
Today I hope to post some pictures of a Thrasher going crazy in the birdbath – now that is a bird that was really enjoying his bath!
Fascinating ear shot, Kathy! Now I have seen one, cool!
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