The extreme heat and hot weather has left its mark on much of the continental United States. In my area we have had 36 days so far with temperatures well over ninety degrees. There have been seventeen of those days in a row. While we all know about feeding our fine feathered friends, sometimes we forget about their need for water and dust to keep parasites under control.
Last week while the sprinkler was delivering a fine mist of water on my container garden and flowers that are still alive, I noticed many birds flocking in the yard. Doves, robins, blackbirds, bluejays, cardinals, wrens, starlings and a beautiful northern flicker and some others I couldn't name, all jumping into the fine mist. Yes, they were jumping into the spray. The dove seemed to lift her wings to get under what I called her arm pits, no joke.
I have taken the screens out of the windows so I can take pictures of the birds enjoying their shower without disturbing them. It is really entertaining to watch them act like little kids on a hot summer day, cooling off in the lawn sprinkler.