Anting, Distraction Display, or Sunbathing?

Last week, I was trying to get a picture of a blue jay when, all of a sudden, it swooped to the ground and did a spread-eagle/spread-blue jay (see first photo below).  Then it crooked its head and bent one wing, and remained in that position for some 30 seconds.  If I hadn’t seen it fly to the ground, I would have thought it was wounded.  Click the thumbnails below to scroll through larger images.  It might have been doing what is known as a “distraction display“, or it might have been “anting“.  Whatever it was, it was interesting to watch.

June 29, 2016 - Blue jay "spread-eagle" on the ground

June 29, 2016 – Blue jay “spread-eagle” on the ground (click photo to zoom)

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