But first I had to think about the koi pond. It used to be my all-time favorite hobby before the birds took over. I still enjoy these guys but I spend a lot less time watching and photographing them than I used to. They are, however, definitely a summertime source of pleasure.
Next I turned to the birds. Like almost everywhere else in the country, we've just gone through an incredibly hot spell. One day I carelessly allowed the bird bath to go completely dry. I hate to say such a terrible thing, but it was almost worth it to watch the parade of birds that visited as soon as I filled it with fresh cool water.
The first one was this rather prissy little bluebird. She landed on the edge and looked it over carefully.
But once she was in, she bathed with relish. And I'd like to say she emerged looking refreshed and beautiful, BUT
Also a colorful addition but not a very pleasant or desirable bird to have around was the blue jay.
And sometimes things even got a little crowded. Here two fledgling bluebirds tried to get their baths in but were intruded on by this female cowbird. (A cowbird is also a most undesirable feathered visitor. Would you believe they don't even build nests or take care of their babies? They lay their eggs in somebody else's nest after removing some of their eggs and allow an unsuspecting bird to not only hatch the eggs but raise the young.)
And speaking of undesirable, these blackbirds are not only unpleasant but I don't even think they're pretty with their beady yellow eyes and cantankerous ways.
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