Preening and Sunning

One day while I was sitting outside enjoying some beautiful weather, I noticed this cardinal as she carefully preened her feathers and then very meticulously fluffed and spread out her wing and tail feathers to soak up the sun.  She sat so long with her feathers opened out that at first I thought she must be hurt.  But it turned out that like me, she was just taking advantage of a lovely sunny day.

“Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in reverie.”  ~Henry David Thoreau