Monday, March 24, 2008
Bathing Juncos & Spring
I have been feeding and providing moving, heated water for birds for over 25 years. This is only the second year, last year being the first, that I've had Juncos take a bath in my bird bath.
They really get into it and spend more time than even Starlings do, getting clean. They spend several minutes surveying the water, then another minute, just getting their feet wet.
Finally, they give it their best shot and bathe like there's no tomorrow. I have had Pink-sided (shown here), Oregon, and Slate-colored all enjoy my bath here in Loveland.
The only thing I can figure that's different in this bath versus all my previous ones is that I have covered the bottom of the bath with gravel and gently sloped it from very shallow to about 2 inches deep. Seems to be just the thing!