by Kim Nichols Messer
It is always a good time to add a water feature. Our birdbath in a shaded corner of our yard is a very popular place to visit on a hot afternoon. Each day we check the water level. We add clean water daily. The high temperatures increase the rate of evaporation. Almost immediately after we add water, a Blue Jay or two will land on the edge, jump into the water and splish splash until clean. They move up into a tree to shake off. The little birds, like Wrens come by in a pack of ten or so. They are very social and chatter while they bathe or wait for their turn in the water.
The birdbath is like a beacon announcing open for business. The birds drink and bathe. The squirrels come by for a drink, but the bees are our favorite. The bees seem to sense that water is being added. They arrive in a small group and hover above the birdbath waiting for the water to stop. Once stopped, they land on the rim and drink from the full bowl. It is fascinating to watch. And, you feel like you have helped everybody out with a cool and refreshing drink.