Anjuli_Bai Posted May 29, 2012 Share Posted May 29, 2012 San Diego is not a place where it rains often so I keep a bowl (about the size of a large soup dish) of water in a shady corner of the garden just under my kitchen window. It is a favorite place for the birds to drink and wash up. They literally line up (by size - biggest first) to flutter in the water. Each has his/her own style. The male blackheaded phoebe dives through once or twice and he's finished. His plain brown mate takes her time and as he stands guard, she repeatedly immerses herself making a large splash pattern. The mockingbird loves to bathe too, but he is more consumed with keeping track of an occasional thirsty (hungry?) cat or two who live nearby and come to drink. One morning after a very gentle overnight rain - while all this busy activity was going on, I noticed that one of the leaves of a large Peace rose bush was turned up (like a cup) and had trapped a few drops of rainwater in it. Though very small - it was the perfect size for a ruby throated hummingbird to have a bath. And, there he was - fluttering his tiny wings and thoroughly enjoying himself. For some it was an upturned rose leaf - for another it's the perfect bathtub. 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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