Be prepared for the crazy antics that take place when you welcome wildlife into your garden. The entertainment value is priceless. Oh it is quite pleasant to watch the butterflies and other insects flit from flower to flower, but the real action takes place at the birdbath!
The birdbath…ah the birdbath. What a great spot to gather and meet a few new friends. Most days the feathered friends cooperate nicely; taking turns at getting a drink or fluffing their feathers.
Occasionally the days are filled with best buddies sharing a quick dip.
Or gathering with the gang at the old watering hole to cool off a bit and catch up with the neighborhood gossip.
Sometimes, just sometimes, after a long, tiring day of nest building, it’s nice to take a bath all by yourself.
But wait! An intruder! (Notice the open beak and spread tail feathers.)
And he won’t go away!
What’s with this guy hopping around the rim of the birdbath?
Clearly he doesn’t know ANTHING about bathing etiquette! Go away!
What? You dare to stick your toe in the water?
And enter the bath? Who is this shameless feathered freak?
Ok. Ok. Just get it over with and get out of here!
And don’t come back!
Ahhhh…finally. The bath all to myself!
Fluffed. Refreshed. Fabulous!
What? Who are you? Can’t you see I’m not finished?
What is with your kind? Humph! You are so rude!
Stop that! Stop! You’re getting me wet!
Get out of here! Wait your turn next time!
Oh, good grief! This isn’t a day spa! I was here first!
Now listen, you. All I wanted was a nice bath. BY MYSELF!
What a jerk! Unbelievable! Did you not hear me?
Were you born in a barn? Did your mamma not teach you some manners?
Listen, kid. Enough is enough. Next time wait your turn. This is a civilized bath!