2023—Success at Last!

A few weeks ago, I replaced my non-functioning millstone-style fountain with a new fountain. All the birds in my garden loved the old fountain with its large, flat surface and, for the past few years, it continued to function through a series of temporary patches. When it finally ceased working altogether, I found a substitute but it isn’t at all the same as the old one and none of the regulars to the old fountain were drawn to the new one. I was afraid that its strong central bubble and cascading water were too vigorous for the smaller birds so I piled some rocks on top to mitigate the flow of the stream. Some of the regulars stopped by to check it out but quickly left to visit the familiar urn fountain nearby and the hummers seemed put off by the rushing waterfall. Then, a couple of days ago, I noticed the secretive Hermit Thrush drinking from the new fountain. And later, a couple of female Bushtits took a bath there but the males didn’t even try it, preferring the other fountain to bathe. Then, yesterday, the new fountain suddenly became the center of attention. First, the White-crowned Sparrows jumped in, followed by a couple of Cedar Waxwings, and then, a female Anna’s Hummingbird buzzed by and checked out the cascade. So, success at last for the new fountain!

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