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Old Sunday 1st December 2019, 14:55   #1
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Frozen Birdbath

I've been sitting at my desk watching the Blue Jays through the window. I've seen several fly to the regular birdbath which is frozen solid this morning. They tilt their heads from side to side for a minute then fly over to the heated (unfrozen) bath that that we introduced about a week ago. It hadn't had much action until today but the jays have got it figured out.
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Old Sunday 1st December 2019, 15:12   #2
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[quote=snowyowl;3927755]I've been sitting at my desk watching the Blue Jays through the window. I've seen several fly to the regular birdbath which is frozen solid this morning. They tilt their heads from side to side for a minute then fly over to the heated (unfrozen) bath that that we introduced about a week ago. It hadn't had much action until today but the jays have got it figured out.[/QUOTE

Are you going through a frozen period where you are, Dan?

Sounds like bird heaven with the birdbath - heated bird bath luxury for all birds !!!
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A heated bird bath sounds wonderful, Dan, and I'm sure your visitors are most grateful.
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It's -2C outside with about 10 cm of snow (it's hard to tell because it has drifted a lot).
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Kathy; this is what I am looking at through window today. The frozen birdbath is towards the top on the right and heated one is green and about 25% up from the bottom of the shot.
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Be cautious with heated bird baths - they can tempt birds to bathe in cold weather, and they then leave with wet feathers which freeze solid.
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My experience is that the birds drink from the bath rather than bathe in cold weather.
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Be cautious with heated bird baths - they can tempt birds to bathe in cold weather, and they then leave with wet feathers which freeze solid.
Never knew that could happen - at least it is unlikely in the Uk I hope! Not cold enough!
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Kathy; this is what I am looking at through window today. The frozen birdbath is towards the top on the right and heated one is green and about 25% up from the bottom of the shot.
So cold ..... makes the UK weather look mild.

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