Thursday, March 6, 2008

Splish! Splash!

While sitting on the futon this morning, reading the March musings of Ann Lovejoy in The Garden in Bloom, I heard a commotion outside the window. I looked to the garden plot, which is partially covered with plastic to warm the soil. We had a bit of rain the other day, so a puddle formed in the corner, apparently forming a neighborhood bird bath!



Several robins, those signs of spring, appeared on the scene, flashing red breasts and bright eyes.


A sparrow came in for a quick drink before returning to the forsythia bush and his chirping companions.


One of the flickers joined the group and took a bath after the robins.

A starling dropped in for a dip in the water. I love the yellowness of its beak against its black feathers.

The birds left as quickly as they came - when a large roaming neighborhood cat appeared on the scene. Diva Dog barked and chased the cat. Good Dog!! :-)

We really do want to set up a birdbath for our feathered friends - it's a joy to see and hear them in our backyard. Wing Nut also loves learning about the different types of birds in the area and frequently pulls out the Audubon books to try and figure out what she just saw.

10 comments:

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

just found you on blotanical. We've got a shepherd and a calico cat too. Nice blog.

WEED WHACKIN' ADVENTURES said...

Thanks for visiting. Your GSD is a love!

Annie in Austin said...

Since just a plastic puddle caused all this commotion you should have lots of fun with a real bird bath, WW Wenches. No robin sightings here yet - I'm still hoping~

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Katarina i Kullavik said...

How sweet! Small birdies taking a lovely swim...
/Katarina at Roses and stuff

Kerri said...

What a wonderful sight to greet you in the morning. It's hard to get much reading done when there are birds to watch, isn't it? Lucky you to have such a lovely collection. The red-winged black birds have become regulars at our feeders this week - a sure sign of spring, and the cardinals are showing up most days. No robins as yet.

Marie said...

Very nice post!

You have a beautiful blog!

Brenda Kula said...

Now birds have it all figured out. Use what you have. Find the glass half full instead of merely half empty. I envy their ingenuity, don't you!
Brenda

Shady Gardener said...

Yea! What a fun time you had and what great photos you took! You will certainly enjoy a birdbath. This winter I purchased a birdbath heater. It was well-used. :-) (I've only seen one robin so far...)

ladyluz said...

Third time of trying to post and let you know how much pleasure your birdie pics gave me. Love your cats.

Pam/Digging said...

What a perfect birdbath. Nice and shallow and probably warm from the sun.

Austin has said goodbye to its robins by now, as I see they've already headed north for the summer.