During our tremendous back to back heat waves
which have come hot on the on the heels of lockdowns and gradual, partial re-openings (all due to the coronavirus
pandemic), I'm most grateful to be able to provide relief for birds
visiting my garden
, including a young American robin
, seen in the image atop this entry where he/she is taking refreshment from the brutal heat by spending time in one of my bird bath
Seeing this sweet creature at my place has prompted me to do some research and one of the things I read
, is, "Robins have hollow bones, so the are too light to submerge themselves. Instead, they bathe in shallow water and splash it up to wet their backs and heads,"
as one seems to be doing in the image atop this entry.
Just looking at the little creature cooling off has helped me to survive the heatwave and the sighting has also lifted my spirits, as you might surmise (and have your spirits lifted too) upon viewing the following sequence of photos.
In my researching birds making use of bird baths, I read
(in a blurb by Diane Porter), "A bird in the bath is the soul of enjoyment. The sight of it, even a chance glimpse through the window, will provide you too with a splash of happiness."
I concur with Porter and feel very blessed whenever I see avian creatures hanging out in my bird baths. American robins are not the only bird type to take advantage of my accommodations, other birds who have stopped by to bathe include Mourning doves
... and European starlings
For your information, dear reader, all the birds featured within this post are included in my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak
and if the writers of reviews re these books are correct, I am grateful to say my books are the soul of enjoyment.
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