“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” ~ Sylvia Plath
Temperatures took a quick plunge into the low 20’s for the first time in a very long time here in the Houston, Texas region. The Gulf Stream keeps it generally warmish this time of year (in the 40’s), so the birds aren’t used to arriving to a frozen solid bird bath.
Time to crank up the hot tub!
Two pots of boiling water brought the water temp to right at 50 degrees and steaming. For us nature types, it’s just sit and wait from there — in the warm inside space. It didn’t take long for the first party goers to arrive.
For the first time that we’ve seen ever, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet came in to dunk himself for a while, as well as a Carolina Wren, whose ‘backing in’ style cracked us all up. We usually only see these two species sip and run. They don’t stay long.
But the Yellow-rumped Warblers are always the splashy sprinkler type. They seem to really enjoy their baths and will converge in numbers to the clean, warm water.
Even the Tufted Titmouse came to drink long enough for me to get a decent photo.
But Wilson’s Warbler and his cute-factor wins the prize!
Stayin’ Dry Here.
Hey Lady! Whatcha Doin?
We believe this to be the same individual that returns to our yard every single winter without fail. The kids have named him Tweety.