I like bird baths, too

parrot bowl bath
Taking advantage of any chance to do my birdy water dance.

I don’t have flappers like penguins to swim through the sea. I may not float on deep lakes like a duck, swan, or goose. I don’t dive deep into the water like a puffin or coot, but one thing is sure, I really like bird baths very much, too.

bird bath outsideI am rather particular about my pool. It can’t be too deep and must be tantalizingly cool. To test its depth, I stand on the pool rim. I then have to gingerly dip my beak or foot in. If all seems safe, the first splash is next. Then I dive my head in to complete my refreshment quest.  I spread my glorious wings, and then the wing flaps follow. I feel confident about my tryst, because the pool depth is adequately shallow.

parrot showerI also don’t hesitate to take a good shower, but if the shower stream is too strong, it might force me to cower. No, I like small droplets of rain or maybe thin streams of water, a sink faucet works great, and then I dry off with a violent feather shake.

I knew of a small bird who was entranced by the bathroom shower. He sat on the shower curtain rod like a naughty voyeur. He looked down at Elaine while she washed her hair and body, but she smiled knowing his mind was not really in the potty. He just wanted to join in the fun and once flew down to her head, but got soap in his eyes and scared her instead. Sorry no photo of that little scene, but I won’t post pornography, I’m keeping it clean.

soaked parrotI’m a king who flies around in the forest, not a fish with many fins. But as I described before, I can transform into a water goblin.

Written in loving memory of my budgie (the voyeur), my shallow pool loving Pacific Parrotlet, and all of the wonderful wild birds that have taken a dip in our bird bath.


41 thoughts on “I like bird baths, too

    • updownflight July 28, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      Vandana, I’m so sad to say that my pet parrot died in February. I have wanted to adopt another, but my husband says he is still grieving the loss of him. Luckily in the interim we’ve enjoyed so many outside birds who visit the bird bath, fly from tree to tree, scurry across the lawn, and enjoy the feeders.

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      • Vandana July 28, 2017 / 4:01 pm

        Ohh! That is one very sad loss. I always felt getting a new pet never replaces the love and memories you have of the precious one that’s gone forever!😞 Adopting another is healing indeed. But I guess you are very lucky to have so many colourful feathery friends visiting you! With your bird bath and feeders it is literally like adopting all of them! I live in a bustling city with very less green cover so all I get to do is my bit of feeding the random squirrel and a few sparrows who come foraging for food.

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      • updownflight July 28, 2017 / 4:09 pm

        But I’m sure the squirrel and the sparrows really appreciate you.

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      • Vandana July 28, 2017 / 4:12 pm

        Yes😀..we have a few regular and frequent visitors!

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  1. Nel July 28, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    I was reading it and realized that you wrote it in a different voice. Loved it!

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  2. agirlwhowrites July 29, 2017 / 2:59 am

    What a lovely read! I too, love to see pets as part of the family. I loved how you incorporated that sense of humor into the account.

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  3. Michael September 18, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    made me want to do different bird voices for each one

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    • updownflight September 18, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Go for it, Michael! I like doing bird voices, too. I have a Hahn’s macaw, so I’m always squawking. He likes bird baths, too.

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    • updownflight September 18, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      LOL! Thanks so much, stoner on a rollercoaster!


      • updownflight September 18, 2017 / 8:35 pm

        Oh my! Did your kittens like it? My cat just about scratched my arms up when I tried putting him in water. Birds, on the other hand, love love love baths.


      • stoner on a rollercoaster September 18, 2017 / 8:39 pm

        They would get scared and run everywhere.. it was a challenge.

        My brother have 2 african greys haven’t seen him giving bath to them but they are funniest smartest creatures.

        They can talk in our voices! And can do anything to get attention.

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      • updownflight September 18, 2017 / 9:05 pm

        I have heard how smart African Greys are. My birdy man I have now is a Hahn’s macaw. They are pretty darned smart, too. He’s still just a baby, so doesn’t yet talk, but we’re trying to teach him words and phrases. During the day he seems to just squawk, but at night before we cover him he seems to try to speak.


      • stoner on a rollercoaster September 18, 2017 / 9:15 pm

        They speak when you are not around. We sometimes leave phone on recording and move away to record them talking. They talk all day. Eve mimics giggles and laughs.

        I once heard them talking and giggling like they are telling jokes to each other. They bark mew too 😆

        Once we had guests and they started mimicking ring of our landline phone and after a while guests said.. your phone is ringing and we said..no its our parrot 😆

        Like i said birds will be birds


      • updownflight September 18, 2017 / 9:23 pm

        That’s so funny! I guess we all like to practice alone sometimes, don’t we?


    • updownflight October 2, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      Thank you, Donna! Our new Hahn’s macaw LOVES to take baths. It’s so fun to watch him.

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      • Donna from MyOBT October 2, 2017 / 2:16 pm

        We were in Fire Island helping a friend close up her garden for the winter this last week, and while I was trimming back the trumpet vines, a hummingbird came and fed off the piece I was holding. Of course, it zoomed off immediately after, but it felt like being touched by magic!

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      • updownflight October 2, 2017 / 2:58 pm

        That must have been so exciting! Little jewels coming so close. It’s amazing how brave they are.

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