Firing Up My Birdbath

Thinking I was doing the right thing. But not even close.

I just hope I didn’t kill a bunch of birds.


For the past few years I’ve poured hot water into the birdbath to melt the ice, so the birds would have something to drink.

Since it was so much work, however, I decided to buy a heated birdbath, until I found out that was a bad idea. A really bad idea.

Apparently, when the birds see water they think it’s safe to have a bath. And it’s not. They don’t realize it’s really below the freezing point. They don’t realize the water can freeze on their skinny little legs and feathers and kill them.

So this year I only intend to add water when it’s warm enough outside that the ice has already melted.

And today, for the first time in weeks, it looks as if the ice might, indeed, melt. If it does, I’ll be right there with my pitcher of fresh water.

I was working on this post, assuming I’d have to use photos from previous years, when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a robin that needed a bath.

I’m sure looking forward to the next few months of watching these guys. Especially when a number of them all get going at the same time.

Maybe this year I might even attract some penguins and flamingoes. It seems as if I’ve been waiting for those two species forever.



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