Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Water

Birds are always on the lookout for a source of water during the cold months of winter and many still like to bathe.  The heater in our backyard birdbath affords them the luxury of both.
 A bluejay having a drink beside the birdbath birdie.
Sometimes robins stay for the winter and will join other birds like the mourning doves for a drink.  The small brick in the middle keeps the heating element down in the bottom and because the bowl is deep, also provides a landing place for small birds to have a drink. 
The starlings can empty the birdbath in no time with all their splashing.
I was lucky to capture this photo a couple of years ago.  Cedar waxwings were on the roof of my garden shed eating snow.  They do drink from the birdbath as well.
I'm linking with Viewing Nature with Eileen for Saturday's Critters.
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34 comments:

  1. These are sweet pictures of your winter birds enjoying the bird bath. I have seen chickadees eating snow too. I don't have a birdbath handy enough to a heat source to keep it open all winter. I've thought about doing something like that some year though. I heard a robin the other day. I wonder how he's surviving, poor thing.

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  2. I never realized that birds eat snow!

    Unfortunately my newest birdbath broke in a bad storm - but we've never had a heated one. I should look into that soon.

    Love those pics.

    Happy new year, Judith!!

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  3. Such beautiful shots of your winter birds. It must be wonderful to watch those starlings and their joy in the simple fact of bathing. Amazing to see the waxwings eating snow!
    Wishing you aHappy New Year with many great nature observations.

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  4. Great photos Judith. The one of them eating snow is wonderful.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  5. I have been watching the birds in our birdbath lately. Despite the chill in the air they are sitting right in it. Valerie

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  6. How cool that you warm the water to keep it flowing in the winter months. I bet the word gets out that yours is the place to come! Lovely photos,

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  7. Our heated birdbath attracts a lot of birds , too. I have it at the edge of the patio so that I can see who comes in. I have yet to see the cedar wax wings. They are so beautiful. We see them occasionally. You have a great photo of them.

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  8. Beautiful birds! I love the shot of the starlings bathing.

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  9. you are right about water, it is just as important to our feathered friends as food/seed. i always try to provide both!!

    your images are wonderful, my robins are gone until spring!!

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  10. Good Morning Judith!! I love watching the birds at the bath. I have a heated birdbath also, the birds do love to have their drink of water beside the seed. Thanks for linking up to Saturday's Critters. Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. Isn't it great fun to watch the birds this time of year? Oh, and I love those cedar waxwing birds! We only see them rarely around here.

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  12. Love these photos Judith! I love the birdies!

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  13. i have that same birdbath, sans heater, though. :)

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  14. You take good care of your birds! We usually have flocks of cedar waxwings migrate here in the winter. I haven't seen them yet. Enjoy your weekend!

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  15. I really like the idea of a heated birdbath, I think I'm going to look into a heater today... Great photos!
    Did you lose power in the recent storms?

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  16. It's wonderful that you're so kind to your neighbourhood birds!

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  17. Thank you for the lovely pictures, I was so amazed to see a Robin yesterday at our feeder I just figured there was something wrong. Ya, there is they (all the birds) are so hungry because we had so much snow fall so fast and they can't get food. I'm about to head South and I'm worried no one will fill my feeders.
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  18. Very nice photos, Judith. I love watching birds splashing around in my birdbath as well. We disconnected it when we left for Christmas. It's only 19 below zero here this morning at my daughter's. It's been hanging at 45 below, so this is considered a real warm-up from that!

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  19. I have wondered how providing water was accomplished. It's a regular B&B at your place...bird and bath. I have never seen birds eating snow, but they must. I know it's unwise for anyone lost in winter weather as it lowers the core temperature too much. Birds are fascinating creatures and very hardy.

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  20. Oh beautiful birds!!! I especially like the blue jay since we don't get them this far south. And, they're so colorful and pretty!!! Darn...I'm a wee bit jealous now.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  21. Wonderful photos of birds at the heated bird bath ~ Happy New Year coming to you soon ~ carol, xxx

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  22. Wonderful birds to see... many thanks for sharing x

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  23. Hi Judith!!!

    Love the pictures of the birds!!! I love wildlife!!! Had a good laugh when I looked at the picture of the bird sitting on the birdbath's bird.

    I've continued to enjoy the hummingbirds that are here in Vancouver throughout the winter. I continue to feed them and enjoy them!!!

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures!!!

    Pam

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  24. A gorgeous collection of birds at your bird bath!

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  25. You are the second, or third? person I've talked to about heated bird baths. I think, once we've paid for Christmas, I might invest in one!
    I love the idea.
    Q: is yours a unit, or do you insert the heater?
    My goldfish pond is frozen, but I'd love to heat that. It just would be expensive, though.
    What happens when the birds empty the bath? Is the heater OK dry?
    Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  26. How kind to offer a warm bath! Happy New Year:-)

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  27. Beautiful photos of birds
    Greetings

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  28. It's quite a commitment to keep the ice from forming but it's obvious your birds appreciate the help. Many Best Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year Judith.

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  29. how nice to see the waxwings. I have only seen a few high up in a treetop.

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  30. Such great photos of the birds enjoying their water source. I will have to look into the heating element. I didn't know those existed!

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  31. Wonderful bird shots. Hope they all can survive.
    Thanks for dropping by, happy New Year.

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  32. That's so nice of you to provide a heated source of water for them. Around here, they like my heated cattle tank.

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  33. Very good photos, Judith! We had a bluejay swooping down onto the front porch, grabbing a piece of cat food, and flying up into the nearby ash tree to eat it. We often see starlings eating from the cat food dish but that was the first time for us to see a bluejay doing it. It's kind of you to keep food and water out for the birds.
    Hugs, Beth

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  34. Wonderful shots of your guests at the birdbath! I also love to stalk them there with my camera :-)

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