I set up the camera in the backyard last weekend to capture the colorful customers who visited the birdbath and feeders. We had so many different birds that day – red cardinals, our new visitor the Blue Jay, our pretty Painted Buntings, the red House Finches, Mourning and Common Ground Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, the Brown Thrashers that are nesting nearby, our wintering Gray Catbird, American Goldfinches that are turning bright yellow, Red-winged Blackbirds, and the visiting Orchard Oriole. I love springtime!
I set up a hose to drip into the birdbath for a few hours that afternoon. The moving water is very attractive to the birds. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth a thousand pictures, right? I sped it up a bit to keep it interesting…see what you think. :)
I snuck out the back door when I spotted our migrant Orchard Oriole heading towards the bird bath. He didn’t mind the click-click of the camera as I photographed his splashing. He also didn’t mind sharing the bath with a greenie Painted Bunting.
As soon as I finished the video, one of our nesting Brown Thrashers hopped up onto the birdbath. We had two pairs in the yard a few days ago, four birds who were chasing each other as they fought over the territory. Like the two male cardinals who chase each other every day, in and out of the bushes, under the tree, over the birdbath, through the feeders, into the blind, out of the blind… They are going to wear themselves out before they get around to nesting!
When the baths were over, everybody headed over to the feeders for a quick snack. I never get tired of watching! :)