Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Bird bath or cat fountain?

The cats liked the bird bath in summer. It's too cold on their toes, now. The birds didn't use it, since there was much open water. I had a plant in it most of the summer.
Daisy has a drink!
Chickadee has a drink
little bit of ice - I put the heater in it
This was Oct. 19th!

My's bird bath!
(To quote my granddaughter!)

Blue jays at the bird bath

Just for fun, I put tossed some peanuts into the bird bath. I miss playing softball! A lot of peanuts made it into the target! This was during one of my coughing days, and it was nice sitting in the sun, in the fresh air. I'm much better now!

Tossing peanuts for them relieves the pressure on the smaller birds, since the Jays dominate the feeders. They bully the smaller birds. Thank goodness for digital photos these days, as I had to delete a lot!
I have upended a rectangular plant pot, as it keeps the water heater in the bottom of the bath.

tippy toes!

3 for 1 photo!
toes tucked up

12 comments:

lindaakacraftygardener said...

Bluejays are the bully bird of the backyard Great idea with tossing peanuts into the birdbath. We gave them their own feeder (an old mailbox) with peanuts inside and that keeps them happy ... for awhile :) Great action photos.

Bill Nicholls said...

Nice series of photos well captured

Bill Nicholls said...

Nice series of photos well captured

Marie said...

Gorgeous photos, especially of the bluejay in flight! I have a bird bath but it is rarely used, even for drinking. Not sure why since water is not readily available! They must have a special spot they use that I don't know about! :-)

Nancy J said...

I'm not sure what you deleted, but these are amazing, specially the "in-flight" with wings spread wide. I cannot imagine having a heater in a bird bath!! Here in summer it evaporates so fast, and occasionally we have ice on it in winter. Stay warm, and cosy. Jean.

Powell River Books said...

That first picture of Daisy made me think of my old cat Cessna trying to steal a drink out of the toilet. One time he misjudged and landed head first inside. But that didn't discourage him one bit. - Margy

eileeninmd said...

Great series of Jay photos.. The birds seem to use my bird bath! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Christine said...

great bird shots Jenn!

William Kendall said...

Stunning captures on those jays!

Yes, they do tend to be very pushy.

Red said...

You got some great shots. I like the ones where you caught them in flight.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
That's quite the picture show!!! YAM xx

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I had a bird bath at my house in Dallas. My cat at the time loved it. She grabbed lots of birds off it until I put some bells on her. I don't think she every forgave me.