Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bluebird Oasis

A few weeks ago while we were eating supper, some migrating bluebirds showed up at the birdbath on my deck.  It was still warm and dry then, so my birdbath was getting lots of use and had gone almost empty while I was at work. You could almost see the concern on these bluebird's faces when they realized how low the water was. 

"Good grief, there's not even enough here to make a splash!" they seemed to be saying.....

"We might as well leave now if this is all she's got for us!"  "Wait, don't go yet," I pleaded from inside the house.  "I'll leave my supper to fill the birdbath for you, if you'll just let me take a few more pictures!"

So I grabbed the water jug and slowly stepped out onto the deck and of course, they all flew away.....

But almost before I got back into the house, the bluebirds were back again!

"Oh, look how nice and full this birbath is now.  Let's get cleaned up a little!"

A bright sunny afternoon turned the splashes into diamonds. 

And even bluebirds can share a few cross words when it comes to sharing the bath!

But hey, that birdbath really is big enough for both of you, isn't it?

Super Splash!!

House Finch thought he needed to join the pool party, but look in the background -- more bluebirds!

And even MORE bluebirds!  There were a total of 6 on my deck for a few minutes.  I'm guessing it was probably a family group on their southern migration journey.

A few more splashes with chickadee enjoying a sidelines shower, and then the bluebirds were gone. 
Farewell Bluebirds and safe travels to you.  I'll be looking forward to your return next spring....


Gaelyn said...

Love the splash shots! Nice to oblige these colorful visitors as they pass through.

Mary C said...

Great shots, Ruthie. I also enjoyed the bluebirds' "conversation." BTW, are they eastern bluebirds?

KGMom said...

Wonderful series of pics--I love the sparkling water effect.

Jayne said...

Awww... so glad they graced your bath Ruthie. They are here year round but after nesting season, they seem to make themselves scarce for a while before reappearing at the feeders come colder weather.

Mollie said...

What a great birdbath and birds story/photos--especially those two bluebirds sqawking at each other. And what a good bird "Mom" to get up from the supper table to fill the bath for them. I'd do the same thing! Thanks for sharing!

RuthieJ said...

Thanks Gaelyn. I always hope they'll remember my backyard and visit again in the spring.

Thanks Mary. Yes, Eastern Bluebirds.

Thank you Donna. Me too -- I'm guessing a perfect combination of photographing thru the window screen at sunset.

I was happy too Jayne. It will be many months before I see them in my backyard again, but there are a few hardy bluebirds that manage to overwinter here in Minnesota as I've seen them in January!

Thanks Mollie. It's not the first time I've left the supper table to fill a birdbath or birdfeeder. I love being able to see birds right outside the window -- way better than anything usually on TV at suppertime. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! :) keep up the postings!