Bathing Vesper Sparrow (this bird didn’t read “the book”)

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Vesper Sparrows are “dust bathers”. They do it so often that they’re known for having puffs of dust fly off of them when they’re flushed and take off. In fact, Birds of North America Online says they’re “not observed to bathe in water”. This Vesper Sparrow didn’t read the book. [...]

Swainson’s Hawk Face-plant Into Rabbitbrush

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Sometimes raptors risk serious injury as they go after prey – especially to their eyes. [...]