Last week I showed photos of a warbler taking a bath in dewy leaves- this week, here’s another warbler taking a more traditional bath.
This is a Tennessee Warbler bathing in the man-made stream next to the Blendon Woods Nature Center. The Tennessee is a very common and somewhat drab warbler; the nature center stream attracts many birds, as my previous post on various bathing birds showed. It’s always a pleasure seeing birds do this, and a note to garden landscapers- nothing, and I mean nothing, attracts our feathered friends like moving water.
Birds will often seem a bit nervous in the water, looking here and there as they dunk themselves, flutter their wings in the water, turn on their sides to have a good soak, and generally have a great time. The more birds in the water at one time, the more that seem to take heart and come to join them. This brave little migrant took this bath solo.
The Tennessee starts to take off into the trees-
-and arrives, still wet, on a limb. That looked invigorating!