A Bird in the Bath, More Fun than in the Bush

Stands on the edge, tall, looks around carefully

Twists this way, that way, steps to the left, then to the right

Takes the first plunging-dip, head first, body follows

Comes up with enthusiastic splashing, shivering, shakes water everywhere

Wings flap like high speed crazy, tail flips back and forth

Stands on the edge, tall, looks around carefully

Twists around to preen the back feathers, the wing feathers

Second plunging-dip, then third, happily splashing, flipping, flapping

Stands on the edge, stretches, quivers the feathers

Flutters into the tree, drips on the grass

TR

Bird in the Bath

 

New cement bird bath

Stands upright in high winds

Positioned near the elms

for summer afternoon shade

One two three four days

No interested birds

Until today

Robin performed detailed inspection

Jumped from rim to rim

Tasted water

Took the first plunge

Splashed and preened happily

So worth the wait

TR