Do you have a bird bath in your yard? I do. But, it doesn’t have a water source, so it has to be filled by hand (and cleaned). More often than not, we leave the bird bath empty of water and it is just a landing perch for birds that visit our property.
But, we have a pool and our pool has a “beach entry”. Birds love the beach entry and almost every day, birds are washing themselves in our pool with great abandon to the delight and amusement of our cat, Coco. He will sit perched on his cat tree or on the arm of our living room chair (hiding; he thinks they can’t see him!), watching the birds intently. Sometimes, he will trill at them; a kind of low guttural growl, not really menacing, but it still makes me stop what I’m doing to see what Coco is watching.
Recently, while at a local area nursery, I happened upon an adorable bird contemplating a stream in the nursery’s train display. This nursery, Walter Andersen’s Nursery in Poway, California, has a giant outdoor train display built at eye-level. Enjoyed by all who visit the nursery, it is a sanctuary for birds (and people). I happened to be at the right place, at the right time with the right equipment to capture this site because I took these photos with a telephoto lens set on a sports setting. Over in minutes, this lickety-split display of bird cleanliness was so fun to watch and having the pictures capture the moment brings back the flash of memory about this delightful scene on a beautiful summer day surrounded by gorgeous flowers in a lovely nursery.
Research on-line leads me to believe this bird is a Magnolia Warbler. If anyone out there reading this post knows that it’s not a Magnolia Warbler, please leave a comment in the comments section and I’ll make corrections to this post. Anyway, I did not blow up the picture above because I wanted to show the bird as he observed the lovely stream running through the outdoor train display. So, instead, I’ve circled the bird and pointed an arrow at him!
Getting his feet wet…
Bath in full swing…
Coco did not witness this scene because I captured these pictures at Walter Andersen’s Nursery. But, yesterday, he and I both watched a bird in our pool for about 10 minutes! A long bath, this bird was in bird bath heaven! But, I didn’t capture that bath in pictures because it’s hard to take photos through glass and window screen and I was sure if I walked outside, he would fly away!
P.S. This isn’t a sponsored post; I just happen to like Walter Andersen’s Nursery and wanted to give them a “shout out”!
Enjoy your day!
(other posts about birds or with bird pictures)
- A Wing and a Prayer
- Exaltation of Larks!
- Live Life
- Make a Place Beautiful
- Operation Swallow Adios
- Sweet Baby James
- The Best Nests in the West
- The Birds and the Bees
- The Swallows Return to Capistrano South
(other posts with pictures of Coco)
- 42 Cooking Essentials for a Well-stocked Kitchen
- A Boy Named Coco
- And the Winner Is…
- Attack of the Amazon Elves
- Easy Shamrocks and Leprechaun Centerpiece
- Emergency Planning Checklist (has a video of Coco)
- Herding Cats
- Making a Grocery List Clipboard with My Personal Assistant
- Orange Crush
- Sweet Baby James
- The Backup Plan
- The Blind Leading the Blind
- The Squish Factor