Sunday, June 5, 2011
Birds in the Birdbath
This is a bunch of birds in our little bird bath, just outside a window in an area shaded by a large oak. I took several pictures, but I had to take them thru the window because they'd skedaddle as soon as I opened the door, no matter how quietly. I think there are 8 in this picture, but there had been as many as 12.
It's unusual for this many birds to be in our small bird bath at one time. Normally it's just a couple at a time, sometimes with others waiting for their turn. But these guys were having a party in there, literally drinking & splashing out almost all the water. There were one or two who seemed to be trying to take charge of things, but they weren't having much luck.
I think these were juvenile delinquent type birds. I think they hatched not too terribly long ago and are the equivalent of teenagers in the bird world. I think they're all brothers, sisters & cousins. In a month or two they'll be all grown up and burdened with their bird responsibilities, scatter to the wind and won't have time frivolities like seeing how many birds can pile into a bird bath. This has been going on for a couple of days, I don't expect it to go on too much longer.