Out in Iowa, reader Randy Schenck touts the benefits of a water bath for birds:
If one ever wonders how birds and water mix, do what I did. Put a rock fountain in the yard, very close to the house. Then just turn it on and wait. The examples here are Cardinalis cardinalis and Turdus migratorius. I try to get photos while the bathing action is in progress so you can see the water flying. It is very easy to see in person but a bit harder to capture in photos while shooting through the window. Birds line up on a hot day for this and they really go nuts. Good entertainment. The bath is self-cleaning and the water never runs out.
And while we’re on urban wildlife, reader Lorraine Brevig sent some photos that her friend Doug Hayes took.
The duck in the photos is a Mallard (A. platyrhynchos) and the squirrel with the blonde tail is an Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Both photos were taken in Forest Hill Park, Richmond, VA.
I’ve attached two more photos of Blondie. I know you’re fond of squirrels and she’s a beauty.
Does she or doesn’t she?