No Doubt It’s The Drought

We are in the midst of a fairly major drought here in the Atlanta area, and with the lack of rainfall, the birds have been flooding to my backyard for the fresh water.  There have even been a couple birds that (at least as far as I know) are first time visitors.  Like this Blue-headed Vireo…


…and this female Orchard Oriole.


I’m fairly certain they both came in search of a bath or a refreshing drink, but neither was quite brave enough to challenge the Robins.

And speaking of Robins, they are out in abundance!  They have taken over the fountain…


…they have taken over the birdbath…


…and they have taken over the drinking dish, which is really just the clay saucer for a flower pot sitting on a log.


Now, the Robins don’t seem to mind sharing with each other, but no one else seems to want to share with them.  Both the Blue Jay and the Bluebird below made it perfectly clear that they were not in the mood for drinking buddies.

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I think the fresh water also enticed a handful of Waxwings to make an appearance.  They watched and waited until there was a lull in the fountain activity (in other words, until the Robins took a break)…

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…and then they got in for a sip and a brief splash.

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There has been a ton of bird activity at the fountain and the drinking dishes these past several days; so much so that rather than try to turn this post into a Gone With the Wind length novel I will simply make it part one and save the rest for tomorrow.  Because “after all, tomorrow is another day!”


About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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17 Responses to No Doubt It’s The Drought

  1. Jodi says:

    Wow! What enjoyment for you!!! Love those waxwings. Don’t see them around here.

  2. aussiebirder says:

    Kathy it is wonderful for the birds to have you to provide for them during your drought, it is one way to see more bird varieties, your lovely captures highlight this fact.

  3. Terry Hoyt says:

    great pictures as usual

  4. A bevy of birds! How wonderful. All terrific shots.

  5. Vicki says:

    I wish I could send you some of our abundant rain.

  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    Those robins seem a bit bossy! Lol! 😉 Love all the visitors – the waxwings are so stunning!! 💕

  7. I especially love your cedar waxwing captures!

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