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Hot, Hot, HOT!

Male American Goldfinch - Gillette, New Jersey

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At first glance it might look like this guy was singing, but with the temperature at 96° (36°C) at the time of this capture (with the humidity at 70+%), this guy was simply panting in an effort to keep his body temperature in a safe range. I hadn't started panting yet, but I was soaking wet, and called it a day shortly after this capture!

Yow! It surely was hot out there!

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Taken on July 21, 2011