This morning a Carolina Wren dropped in to say hello. This spritely little fellow hopped about on the deck rail, never sitting still for a second. He pecked at a few sunflower seeds and then flew down to the birdbath that sits in the corner of the yard.
Although these birds are quite bold at the feeders, I have found them to be a bit skittish about bathing. This was the first time that I actually saw one get in the water. First he perched on the edge of the birdbath; then he dashed into the water and splashed about; then he scurried back to the side again. He repeated this hurried process several times until he had gotten a thorough soaking.
Once bath-time was over, he perched on a log and took his time primping and preening. He blends in well with the fallen leaves – which is great for survival, but not so great for photography!
The grooming must have made him hungry because when he was finished he flew up to one of the branches that I have strapped to my deck (yes, there is more than one) and indulged in a bit more food. I love how his feathers are still damp.
I have to say, I enjoyed my morning visitor. It’s always nice to start the day with a smile.