Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday bath for birds

My house came with a "water feature," a series of debris-gathering pools. The water fountains into a square pool at the top terrace, spilling over onto a series of smaller pools down to the larger one at the bottom where there's a motor to recirculate the water. Naturally, the motor stopped working not long after I moved here. I have to muck everything out several times a year. I'm sure I'd like the whole thing very much if it worked and didn't require perpetual and expensive maintenance. It's useful for one thing.

A little while ago, the yard was full of twittery sounds instead of the usual crow-jay battle screeches.

 Robins, juncos, and flickers took turns for Sunday bath. Photos are from the kitchen window. (It was clean, honest! The blurring is reflection.)

This last one looks like a juvenile starling, an invasive species. After these photos, I went outside by a side door, hoping the birds wouldn't mind if I stood some distance away; but the mere hint of human movement was too much for them. I stood still for a loooong time, waiting, reflecting that this standing around is why I'm not a bird watcher, though I support the Audubon Society.

Later, as I sat at my desk upstairs to upload the photos, a flicker stopped right outside to clean the gutters.

I might tweet an ad for birds: Sherry's back yard, all hotel services provided: bath, fine dining, comfortable beds, and no cats.


  1. OMD, I loves watchin' the burdies!!! I loves chasin' the burdies too, butts I haven't caught one yet...yet! ☺
    We gets lots of burdies here too! They loves nestin' in our yardies cause we have fountains and lots of bushes and trees to hide in.
    Oh, and Ma knows about the pain of a water feature! We have three fountains, and it was a pain in the arse to pump out the water to clean it every couple of months, til Ma found out that hydrogen peroxide in the water keeps all the sludge and algae away, and is safe for the burdies! Our water has been clean and clear for months now, and Ma wants to kick herself for not findin' this out sooner.
    Anyhu, if you need an extra burdie watcher, I'm your gal!
    Ruby ♥

  2. What a beautiful private bath your birdies have!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  3. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! BIRDS??? I LOVE birds! Can I come to your yard?? (Also is that frost on the ground? It's getting cold!)

  4. We love watching the birds in our backyard. So do the cats ...and luckily for the birds, Moosey, Gracie and Zoe aren't allowed outside. :)