On a particularly hot day in August, I had noticed some of the birds under the feeder were panting from the heat. They looked so distressed that I grabbed a shallow styrofoam tray and filled it with water for them to use. And then we wondered: why no have a real bird bath back there? We have a wonderful view from our living room; the birds are always entertaining.
|Chillin' mourning dove|
I bought a large plastic planter-tray and put it on the patio table. The birds seem to be loving it. The blue jays discovered it first, just for a sip of water. I found a mourning dove lounging in it a few days later, not a care in the world. Most birds just stop briefly at the bird bath.
The sparrows are another story. These guys get together and have a serious pool party. It's amazing how much water they displace. Of course, it's impressive how many birds they stuff into that bird bath! I think there's ten of them in there at one point? Woo hoo!