The fight for the birdbath

As Maia T was so taken by the bathing blackbird yesterday, I thought I’d just throw up a few of the other pics from that same ‘photoshoot’.

Check out what pure joy looks like...

Check out what pure joy looks like…

So our nesting female greatly appreciates a daily bath, usually the same sort of early evening slot. But whenever any bird takes interest in anything, the starling mob usually want a piece of the action.

An unwelcome guest

An unwelcome guest

But she was in no mood to share, as she soon made clear…

Get off my lawn...

Get off my lawn…

The starling was happy to try a different angle of attack…

Attack from the rear

Attack from the rear

And reluctantly, having held out and had a good wash first, the blackbird gave up the bath.

Triumph

Triumph

Of course, hanging around close enough gets you a handy shower.

A splash of victory

A splash of victory

And if you are one starling, there’ll soon be others seeing if they are missing out:

Envious glances

Envious glances

And soon potential bathing buddies:

Dipping a toe

Dipping a toe

And, eventually, a queue:

Waiting your turn

Waiting your turn

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2 Responses to The fight for the birdbath

  1. Maia T. says:

    Thanks! The smiles are very welcome today (and when are smiles not?).

  2. Emily Scott says:

    Amusing to see them queueing up!

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