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All Wet
This robin just had a bath, and this is part of the process. Why? Robins bathe partly to get their feathers wet and clean, but also to get their skin wet and clean. They have to fluff up the feathers to let water through to their skin. Then they shake to get the water off. He needs to shake out and then preen out all the water so each feather can be the right shape again. If a predator came right now, he could fly away, but not as well as when he’s nice and dry. Robins are very careful about taking a bath. They bathe only in places where they feel very safe. —Laura Erickson

Image: Randy Indish

Robin fluffing itself after a bath

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