Today's Bird Photo

This is a laughing gull. It's not actually laughing in this picture, though. It's cooling itself. Birds don't sweat, so they pant, just like dogs do.  Animals are marvelously made.


Kay G. said…
Hey Penny!
I have seen birds all my life but we had a weekend in late June where the temps were over 100 degrees. That is the only time I have seen birds in my backyard with their beaks open like that! I looked it up and found the same info you have here.
Hope you are doing well these days!
Hi Kay! I'm doing very well! Hope you are, too.

Several times when I was at the ferry landing this summer, a bunch of birds would be sitting on the pilings hassling like this. I always wondered why they didn't jump in the water!