BIRD WATCH: Water brings many bird sightings

THANKS TO OUR cold, wet spring, the weeds took over various parts of the yard.

One of those was the manmade waterfall and its stream that runs through the backyard.

It’s a favorite place and provides many hours of pleasure — especially during the summer months.

This past week, the jungle was finally removed and there were instant rewards once the work was finished.

The birds discovered
its return almost immediately.

The first surprise was a Bewick’s wren.

These perky little birds are usually heard more than seen.

This one seemed determined to explore every inch of the newly exposed terrain.

It darted into all the small places that are part of the waterfall.

It took a long bath in one pool made to accommodate small birds.

It flew from rock to rock making sure every inch had been explored and probed for those insects that seek out damp, dark places.

The wren wasn’t the only insect-eater drawn to the sounds of tumbling water.

A vireo landed on a small log at the top of the main waterfall.

It caught a quick bath and drink before a larger visitor dropped into the pool above the waterfall.

Robins love to bathe
and this one was no exception.

He was oblivious to other birds exploring the newly exposed stream and pools.

Towhees and song
sparrows were equally interested but the hummingbird was the most entertaining.

Hummers enjoy bathing as much as any other
bird.

“Showering” is more
to their liking but they
will flutter and bathe on the edge of some bird baths.

This one spent time flirting with the spray of water tumbling over the rocks.

It doesn’t take much water to satisfy a hummingbird’s desire to bathe.

Watching the little Anna’s bouncing in the air above the fall’s spray was great entertainment.

The pleasure of seeing some interesting birds, whether at home or when visiting the Northwest’s many outdoor areas, can
be enhanced if…

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