Pipit Preening

American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

This little featherball has quite charmed me. It lives in the Burrowing Owl Sanctuary on the northeast corner of the park. The other day it went foraging on the ground and nearly walked over my shoes as I filmed it; I’ll post that sequence later. This morning the sun’s first rays nudged it to begin its preening ritual. It paid me no attention as I stood with my big camera on tripod not 12 feet away. I don’t know where it gets its fearlessness. It’s flown here maybe two thousand miles from the arctic tundra or from alpine highlands, where it lays its eggs on the ground in areas that seldom if ever see a human. It doesn’t get its boldness from familiarity with us. Maybe it seems so bold only because it has never seen us before and doesn’t know how much harm we can do. In any event, it has a warm spot in my heart. Long may it thrive.

American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

More about American Pipits: Wikipedia Cornell Audubon In Chavez Park

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