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.

8 comments:

Patti Anne said...

They might be juvenile, but I doubt they are delinquent.

A Valdese Blogger said...

Oh, you could just tell.......

Bianca Castafiore? said...

okay, you valdese blogger, you. so when EXACTLY do they cease being juvenile [delinquents]? "a month or two..." in the future ain't gonna cut it...

***loved*** the photo!!!

in case you couldn't tell...

A Valdese Blogger said...

BC: I know very little about birds, but I figure they grow up fast. These guys were having way too much fun.

linlah said...

Scattered to the wind with bird responsibilities made me laugh. But I imagine that is exactly ow it is.

A Valdese Blogger said...

linlah: Yep, this was like a bird rave or something - before long they'll grow up and have to commute to work and stuff, dodging cats and hawks along the way.

Heather said...

Love the pic! It is such a shame that they don't have a whole lot of time to play before having to grow up. We had a few baby birds hanging around trying to get the flying thing down, they learned real quick cause the cat was on the lookout!

A Valdese Blogger said...

Heather: I'm not all that sure these guys knew about cats yet either, we have a few neighborhood cats that patrol the area. But it was impossible for me to sneak up on them. And they were a buncha DEE-linquints!