Friday, March 17, 2006

Preening at the Docks

As the afternoon draws to a close, the gulls in the Tidal Basin tend to settle down for the evening. One of their favorite afternoon roosts is along the docks at the paddle boat house on the north end of the Tidal Basin. A birder can frequently observe interesting behaviors here. The activity for this afternoon was preening.

A young gull preened on one of the paddle boats.

A few cherry trees in East Potomac Park have begun to bloom.

Check out other animals at this week's Friday Ark.