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Metro Park’s Busy Feeders in Winter- part 2.

March 2, 2013

Last Saturday I showed some of the many photos I took earlier this winter at the Blendon Woods Metro Park Nature Center, concentrating on the feeders outside.  This Saturday I’m continuing with the photos of what was going on in the artificial 100-foot-long stream next to the feeders.  As you’ll see, the birds loved it, despite the chilly weather.  So many birds were there and I’m convinced that because they saw others in the stream that they joined in- after all, there’s more safety in numbers.

Kudos to the central Ohio Metro Parks system for providing such a great opportunity to see nature up close!

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32 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2013 11:31 pm

    Oh, I am going to need an artificial stream in my yard! I know when there’s water, and a robin is around, it is going to be in it. I have yet to see a cardinal bathing in my birdbath, but many other birds do. I enjoyed seeing all “your” birds in the water!

  2. March 3, 2013 12:14 am

    That’s a big birdbath; what a great idea! I want one too 🙂

  3. March 3, 2013 12:48 am

    Holy hygiene Batman, that’s a lot of birds! The only one that surprised me by being there was the woodpecker, I’ve never seen one near the water like that before.

    I have noticed that birds love to take a bath very early in the spring when the first open water is available. You’d think that with a bird’s high body temperature that it wouldn’t be the case, but I see more birds in the water this time of year than in the middle of the summer when you’d think that a cool bath would feel better to them.

    • March 3, 2013 6:34 pm

      That Downy Woodpecker seemed to take its time getting to the water, but it took a quick dip- I think all of the other birds seemed to encourage it!

  4. March 3, 2013 9:08 am

    I know robins love the water, but had no idea all those other birds relished a good bathing esp. on such a cold day! I looked at the pictures twice and the second time, noticed a towhee in with the cardinals that I missed the first time – I’ve never seen one of them in the bird bath.

    • March 3, 2013 3:12 pm

      This was my first time seeing a Towhee bathing as well, Jo Ann- I think all of the activity drew in more and more birds!

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    March 3, 2013 11:03 am

    Tracy, What a bunch of bathing birds!  Is that a “winter bath” or ”spring bath”?  You do a really good job!

    • March 3, 2013 3:13 pm

      Thanks Kay! This was an ‘early winter bath’, I’ve been holding onto the pictures for a little while 🙂

  6. March 3, 2013 11:29 am

    Wow. This ran for me like a movie. The birds are having such fun in the sparkling water. Made my day! Jane

  7. March 3, 2013 2:23 pm

    The Bluebird pictures are particularly good, especially the ones where the bird is sitting on the rock. Very nice!

  8. March 3, 2013 9:11 pm

    They did a good job making the steam blend into the landscape without looking too contrived and over done The birds obviously love it! It was nice to see the bluebirds. I hope I’ll see more of them here soon.

    • March 3, 2013 9:31 pm

      You’re right Gardener, they did a really good job. Further down the way, the stream water drained out under a pathway (through a drainage pipe) and into the woods, joining a little irregular stream eventually.

  9. March 3, 2013 10:47 pm

    Great photos! Isn’t it amazing how much birds of all kinds like water! Our nights are still cold and so in the mornings I break the ice on a water source we keep for the critters and later in the day see birds bathing among the floating pieces of ice.

  10. March 4, 2013 5:18 am

    Beautiful! You did well to get all those shots of them bathing.

  11. March 4, 2013 8:59 am

    This is amazing. That stream is one of the most enjoyable artificial things I’ve seen in awhile. Look at all the different varieties of birds taking advantage of it’s goodness. I love watching bathing birds, they’re so comical. lol 🙂
    Your photos are awesome. Your photos are so clear and beautiful. What kind of camera do you have?

    • March 6, 2013 9:53 pm

      Thanks, E.C.! I used a Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR with a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens for these shots (that’s a lot of photography-speak there!) Not that I don’t have lots of poor photos that don’t make it onto this blog 😉

  12. March 5, 2013 7:56 am

    It’s like a Bird Spa!

  13. March 5, 2013 10:56 pm

    Wow, the stream is a perfect bird magnet! Love the splashing shots!

  14. March 6, 2013 1:14 pm

    Hi Season, Great series of pictures of the wading, drinking, and bathing birds. I especially like the shots of the Eastern Blue Jay’s enthusiastic bath. Ha! Have a super nice day!

  15. March 7, 2013 2:58 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many different kinds of birds spending time in and by the water so close together. The blue jay and cardinal looked especially bright in the neutral landscape. Beautiful pictures!

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