Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Watery Wednesday: Pine Siskin taking a Bath

Anyone has spent any time watching birds or who has a birdbath in their yard can tell you that birds love the water. Not only do they need water for drinking but they also use water to bathe. Watching a bird bathing is like watching a bird at play, their splashing and frolicking is a treat to watch.
It does not matter what size the bird is, whether it is a golden eagle at The Raptor Center or a black-capped chickadee in a puddle on the side of a road, most birds will take advantage of the opportunity to bathe especially after a long winter.
On one of my frequent trips to White Water State Park I found a small of water that formed from the melting snow. Since the day was warm and sunny several small passerines decided to take advantage of this shallow trickle of water and take an impromptu bath.
Most of the birds bathing were pine siskins, although there was also a bashful dark-eyed junco that flew before I could take his pic. The pine siskin is a northern finch that usually spend their summers up in Canada, although there are populations that stay in the US year round up in the Rocky Mountains. During some winters, like the one that recently ended, the siskins will irrupt southward into the continental US if there is not sufficient food.

15 comments:

madcobug said...

I love to watch birds taking a bath. Helen

Rob Ripma said...

Beautiful shots, well done!

ewok1993 said...

Nat Geo in your backyard, eh! That is pretty neat.

Gill - That British Woman said...

those are so cute, great shots...

Gill in Canada

The Early Birder said...

They make bathtime look so simple & no need to remove their waterproof clothes! Loved it.

Margaret's Ramblings said...

these little chaps are certainly having fun. You have captured their joy, great photo,

Margaret

a pot, a thought & a smidgen of dirt said...

I've never seen birds taking a bath, thanks I just love them.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Fun photos. I love to watch birds bathing. They are so funny! (Oops! Don't tell them I said that.)

Pagan Sphinx said...

The little siskins are so sweet. We try to keep them well-watered in the backyard, too.

ivars krafts said...

Great series of shots. Makes us appreciate that birds do other things than just sit in a tree. Thank you.

Shellmo said...

Just so lovely to see the siskins enjoying the water - beautiful shots! These feisty little feeder hogs have kind of grown on me (especially since they ate seed from my hand the other day!)

nessabates said...

haha...love the bird bath photo...how cute!

iriegal said...

They put a whole new meaning to "Bird bath." they are using up ALL the water..lol

floreta said...

great shots of a cute bird.

Allison said...

Great shots! I love watching birds take baths. They're so cute. =)