Bathing is vital for feather maintenance.But being in the water out in the open can make you fairly vulnerable if you’re not a buoyant, oily-feathered waterfowl. This small Accipiter found a weeping something or other arching over the water use as a shower curtain.The bird stood in the water for quite a while and scanned all about before dipping tail and breast into the water, then repeating this several times between fairly long intervals of keep a sharp hawk-eye out.
I was sitting, sometimes crouching, to hold the camera just above the ground to try to zoom under the overhanging branches. So… which Accipiter is this? Male Cooper’s, female Sharp-shinned?I see characteristics of both here. No wonder this is one of the great challenges of North American birding.