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.
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.
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