Saturday, February 6, 2010

Camera Critters - At the Birdbath


I don't think a lot of gardeners realize how important it is to have fresh water available to birds all winter.  I watched and photographed the birds one day last week and it was one busy place.  Here a bluejay mirrors the ornamental bird on the side of the birdbath.  The brick you'll see in the photos helps to hold the heater down and provides a landing place for smaller birds.
Cardinals are always watchful whether eating or drinking and her mate is ususally not far away.  He generally sits in the mountain ash while she's feeding.
The black capped chickadee is one of my favourite birds.  They're cute and take turns at the feeder or birdbath in their pecking order.

We've had a flicker hanging around lately and it has beautiful markings.  Just this morning I looked out the window and saw it on the peanut feeder and got some good shots for another post.

I counted 24 cedar waxwings int the mountain ash which incidentally did not have one berry this year.  Folklore suggests that when the berries are heavily laden, it will be a hard winter and with no berries I suspected we were in for a mild winter.
There has also been a flock of starlings splashing around most days and they empty the birdbath in no time.  Here you can see a cedar waxwing being sprayed with droplets.  But, the most curious thing I saw is in the photo below.

The cedar waxwings would line up along the edge of the roof of my garden shed and eat the snow.  They don't seem to drink from the birdbath too often but this does look like a lot of fun.  Unfortunately I only captured three lined up, there was usually a dozen or so.
There are many bloggers sharing photos of their pets and wildlife captured with their cameras so please visit them here at Camera Critters.

24 comments:

  1. It is so important that birds have access to water every day as they need to bathe twice daily.
    You certainly have a wonderful variety of birds visiting your garden.

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  2. Wonderful shots of the birdbath birds. I lvoe the Waxwings, they are so pretty.

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  3. OK, I definitely want to get a bird bath now!!! Beautiful shots! May I also say, seeing you header makes me want to learn how to garden.

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  4. Great captures of the birds. Waxwings are gorgeous.

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  5. Some nice birds there enjoying the facilities.

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  6. These are great shot, esp. the lead picture of the bluejay! You know, providing a supply of fresh water for the birds in the winter time can sometimes be a chore. Many people just aren't up for the challenge. I'm glad to see that you supply water and promote the practice. ~karen

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  7. Wonderful photos and you are an angel to make sure the sweet birdies have plenty of water.

    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  8. You certainly have a variety of feathered visitors!
    I love that shot of the waxwings eating the snow. Who knew!

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  10. Your birdbath looks like a popular place. Obviously those birds very much appreciate the water! The chickadee is such a cutie. Great picture of the Cedar Waxwings eating the snow. They are such elegant birds and it's always a treat to see them. Your garden is very beautiful.

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  11. bet the blue jay is thinking move over little blue bird... yah been ere all morning

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  12. I'm amazed at how many birds are visiting you right now. I'm sure the birdbath helps!

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  13. You are lucky to have such a lot of different birds in your garden. In mine I see mostly sparrows. Beautiful pictures !

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  14. You have a great variety of birds at the drinking post, the shot of the blue jay with the little iron bird is great.

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  15. Splish, Splash, its always fun to watch the birds take a bath. I think providing such a water source brings that many more species of birds into your view. Its an excellent way to make friends with our extended environment.

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  16. Glad to see a wintertime birdbath!! Love, love, love that first picture! ~ks

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