Monday, March 12, 2012

Grey moxie.

We had a strong wind storm this morning.  I thrice-thrice!- had to chase the barbecue cover around the backyard.  The wind died down around noon, and the day reverted to typical northwestern dreariness.

(Aside: a father at the school who immigrated with his family in October asked me if there is ever nice weather here.  My answer: August? It's hard to remember.)

Anyway, it might be hard to believe that a grey day could be improved by the addition of more grey, but when the grey arrives in tiny adorable packages - Bushtits - the day inevitably brightens.

Tiny, adorable, and tough.  They decided to use the birdbath.  The water temperature is only a few degrees above freezing. Yesterday morning it was ice.


They didn't just tip-toe around.  They wallowed in the ice water up to their under-wings.  Brr.

Post bath, they hung around a minute or two to dry off.  Next stop, suet block.  Busy busy busy.

8 comments:

Eskarina said...

Delightful!
Whenever I see them now I recall your description of "little gray ones who fly as though pulled on a string".
:)

sarah said...

Re: next to last picture: I think I'm in love.

Heidi said...

I know, I know! The juncos were doing the same thing here...even ducking their heads under the water. I was shivering just watching with my binos from the warm comfort of my kitchen.

biobabbler said...

oh, they are the MOST charming creatures. And a flood of them peeping from tree to shrub to tree (en masse, always) makes me inordinately happy. Looks WONderful after the bath. I expect very few external parasites or other pests could make it through THAT bath. yow.

Fierce little creature you gotta love.

Wonderful documentation, sir. =) Thanks!!

Patricia Lichen said...

Oh yeah, I join the chorus: love the birdie photos!

Urban Wild said...

Bushtits are a much under-appreciated little bird! I love chancing upon a flock of them marauding through a tree....

KaHolly said...

Bushtit? I'll have to look that one up!

Urban Wild said...

Nothing cuter than Bushtits. Nothing.