The temperature dipped below freezing last night, leaving a thin layer of ice on several of the water dishes. This tends to make my birds antsy, despite the fact that there are other water dishes that stay heated.
As soon as I went out and added fresh water, the birds began showing up.
The first to arrive was a beautiful Blue Jay, whom I had seen earlier examining the ice.
A female Towhee and a White-throated Sparrow shared a drink…
…as did a male Towhee and a Carolina Wren.
A female Cardinal was in no hurry when her turn came around…
…and a Brown Thrasher opted for a rather rowdy bath. I know, there’s one in every crowd, right?
The last bird to arrive before I capped the camera lens happened to be the first, so I’ll close with a pair of Blue Jay pictures. I love when their crowns poof up.
The birds were grateful for the fresh water, and I was grateful to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Ah…simple blessings.