Did it look anything like this young Starling?
If so it was sunbathing
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In reply to Alan:
Hi Alan---no definitely "Crow" family,I checked to identify ! All 3 types of crow live around here,only the Magpie is rarely seen Sunbathing sounds wonderful ! S.W Cornwall.
In reply to RuthSaacks:
Hi Ruth I meant was the behaviour anything like the Starling.
Lying flat on the front with 1st 1 wing spread and later both wings spread.
This sunning is quite common amongst many species of bird. It's particularly prevalent with Blackbirds, Robins and Wrens and Alan has demonstrated with Starlings. I've never seen Jackdaws do it but there's no reason to suppose they wouldn't.
From what I've read it stimulates their preen glands which is helpful when they are grooming their feathers.
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In reply to TeeJay:
Great link Alan. We all love sunbathing but it's been scorchio today. My indoor electronic thermometer is still showing 31 C inside the house. Phew.
I've seen Robins, Blackbirds, a Thrush once, and Dunnocks sunbathing in our small back garden.
In reply to Gardenbirder:
Thanks for all the interest and info.
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