2022—Refreshing Dip on a Hot Day

The daytime highs have been in the low hundreds the past several days. The two fountains in my backyard have become a welcome respite for the birds. The millstone fountain is very shallow and the water gently washes over the top. It is especially welcome to the small birds like the Hummers and the Bushtits. The charming thing about the Bushtits is that they bathe en masse and gather as closely together as they possibly can get, sometimes even piling on top of one another. They chatter constantly during their baths and they jump in and out over and over again until they are completely drenched. Then the entire group exits together as suddenly as they came. There’s only one female in this group, the one with the yellow eye. Something besides her four male bathing companions seems to have captured her attention.