Now I’m no Nancy Drew, but I do believe I have solved the mystery of the dripping Bluebirds!
For the past week or so, Bluebirds have been showing up for breakfast (and lunch, and dinner) looking like they’ve just stepped out of the shower.
Sometimes they’ve arrived only slightly damp, like this male…
and other times they’ve been sporting a definite drenched feather look, like this female.
I was confused because I knew they weren’t coming from the birdbaths that I keep filled on my deck and in my yard. Then I happened to see one fly down to a different part of my backyard where a small decorative dish (whose real function is to help hide an electrical outlet) had filled with rain water.
It would seem that this dish makes a perfect personal sized bathtub for a Bluebird!
A female perched by the edge (only room for one in this bath!) and waited for her turn.
I felt bad that the water was so dirty, but now that I know they like it I will try to keep it freshened up.
I feel better now that the mystery is solved! And even though I’m no Nancy Drew, I did read her books over and over and over when I was a kid. Personally, I was always secretly hoping she would end up with one of the Hardy Boys instead of Ned!