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July 30, 2011 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Splish Splash, Robins in the Bath

One of the easiest ways to attract birds to your yard is to put out a bird bath. It may take them a few weeks to find it but once they do you will have an assortment of birds stopping by for a drink or to freshen up.

I added a tray of water on the ground so the squirrels would have a place to drink and stop jumping up on the large bath. Instead, I spotted a family of robins using the lower level.

The robins are my favorite birds to watch in the water. They don’t just take a sip or a quick dip; they jump in and splash around, sometimes for quite a while.

In the photo above, dad robin (he’s on the far left) was showing his three youngsters the water.

You can easily tell young robins by their speckled breasts and quizzical expressions. Junior stopped by the edge of the water and thought about it for a while as if he was hesitant to get wet.

But eventually he jumped in.


For more bird photos check out my previous Weekend Birding posts.

I link up my bird photos on Saturday Snapshot hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.



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  1. Alyce / Jul 30 2011 1:20 am

    Seeing these photos it’s easy for me to tell that I haven’t seen young robins before. I love the speckles, but I’ve only ever seen robins with the solid red breast (of course who knows, maybe I mistook a youngster for something else). 🙂


    • Leslie / Jul 30 2011 1:50 am

      They only have the speckles for a few months so they’re easy to miss.


  2. samstillreading / Jul 30 2011 3:39 am

    Oh, they’re so cute! I love to watch birds having a bath.


  3. JenniferB / Jul 30 2011 5:19 am

    Love the birds! – I have several robin pictures in my house. Great shots – especially the one where the robin is enjoying his bath.


  4. mostraum / Jul 30 2011 5:19 am

    That is really adorable, and it’s a good idea putting out a bird bath like that both for the good of the birds and for all the photo opportunities you get.


  5. Leeswammes / Jul 30 2011 6:09 am

    Lovely pictures! We sometimes have robins splash away in our garden. It’s great to watch.


  6. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Jul 30 2011 6:18 am

    They are so cute Leslie. They look like they are enjoying the water too.


  7. Mary / Jul 30 2011 6:45 am

    Wonderful photos, Leslie. I’m sure they appreciate the cool fresh water in these hot days!


  8. laurelrainsnow / Jul 30 2011 6:57 am

    Ah, it’s good to see the birds cooling off, too. I love bird baths, anyway (and birdhouses!). Thanks for sharing. I have a bird bath (and some birdhouses) on my patio, but there’s only water in the bath when it rains.



  9. Trish / Jul 30 2011 7:10 am

    Aww what a cute little guy. He looks totally pleased with himself once he finally jumped in.


  10. BermudaOnion / Jul 30 2011 7:10 am

    I didn’t realize young robins are speckled like that. I just love your bird photos.


  11. gautami tripathy / Jul 30 2011 7:22 am

    So lovely, so playful!

    Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!


  12. Bev@My Reader's Block / Jul 30 2011 8:36 am

    Getting my weekly bird fix….You have the best bird pictures! Love the bathing beauties!

    Here’s mine:


  13. Lisa@Buttery lisabutterybooks / Jul 30 2011 8:44 am

    They look like they are having a blast!


  14. Paulita / Jul 30 2011 9:32 am

    A robin waterpark. They look they enjoy it as much as the kids do.


  15. Nise' / Jul 30 2011 10:16 am

    We watch them splash on our pool cover. They are cute, but don’t like what they leave behind.


  16. Irish / Jul 30 2011 10:19 am

    This is such a fun photo shoot. Love all the birds playing in the bath. Thanks for sharing these moments.


  17. dixie / Jul 30 2011 10:38 am

    Love your bird photos each week! We built a bird bath in the spring based on this tutorial: So cheap and it looks great. I plan to add some more at varying height levels.


  18. rebeccarasmussen / Jul 30 2011 10:40 am

    Just so lovely, Leslie. I adore robins too 🙂


  19. dyane / Jul 30 2011 10:46 am

    love those photos!! they really are enjoying the birdbath


  20. Vicki / Jul 30 2011 3:52 pm

    Love these photos! Love how you captured the water in the air.
    Here’s Mine


  21. irene / Jul 30 2011 8:50 pm

    These guys are lovely, what a pleasant viewing.


  22. Leslie / Aug 1 2011 12:11 am

    Thanks for all the nice comments.

    The robins are the most fun to watch in the bath. They actually have a good time splashing around while bathing. I’ve seen them splash for a few minutes, fly over to the fence and preen, and then get back in for a second dip in pool.


  23. Debbie Rodgers / Aug 1 2011 5:10 pm

    Your photos are always amazing. I have trouble just SEEING the birds (I know they’re around because I can hear them), let alone getting them “on film”. Thanks again for sharing.


  24. Natalie ~ Coffee and a Book Chick / Aug 1 2011 7:24 pm

    You have the best bird pictures! I wish I could capture them as you do!


  25. Cathy / Aug 5 2011 2:16 am

    Fantastic series of photos, Leslie. I miss robins!


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