110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Nature Scenes: Birdbath beckons all kinds of visitors
By Lynn Bowen
posted Jul 28, 2014 - 10:20:26am
Each morning, the brilliant sun peeks over my roof and smiles at my new birdbath, which is on the west side of my home. Apparently my neighborhood was abuzz about this new feature in my yard. Now that sounds only mildly exciting to a human; however, to the local nonhumans, it was good news.
The meows and tweets can often be heard, but, of course, I can’t understand those languages. Many small visitors have come to see the bath, which is shaped like a big shell and has two golden bird statues on the edge to entice company.
A blue jay visited the now famous birdbath one morning in June, but just to get a drink, not to bathe! Perhaps he looked at his handsome blue image in the water, which was like a mirror.
Mr. Green Anole, a lizard with his red dewlap fanning in and out of his neck, visited it recently, but not to take a bath. He wore his brown garb that day, rather than the usual green, so he could more or less match the bath; at least this is what I surmised. The 8-inch guy seemed to like the view from the top, which he couldn’t see while on the grass.
At dawn one morning, a curious, large, striped, butterscotch-colored house cat with a long tail walked around the bath. At a glance, I thought he looked like a juvenile Florida cougar, but the photo proved otherwise. I really doubted that such a beautiful cat would visit my humble yard, but he was larger than the average house cat. My camera’s flash surprised him as he walked away. His eyes glowed, making him look like a space alien! I wonder what news he meowed to his feline friends?
Red male cardinals and a few wrens and curious gray mockingbirds have admired the bronze-colored bath from the shrub next to it.
Preparing food is not the sole purpose for my going to the kitchen these days. I gaze out the window to see who is visiting my recent purchase!
Well, all the creatures are welcome to visit my birdbath, whether it’s to get a drink, just look, or perhaps take a bath! What fun to watch the action outside my kitchen window. So, some sunny day, or anytime, my garden ornament awaits a visit from wildlife!
— Bowen lives in DeLand. Send email to her at email@example.com.
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