9/30/15

Dirt bathing

A while back, it was quite evident that a rabbit had first eaten and then dug up a small bush I had planted. Since there were more holes but no more casualties, I figured all was well.  A few days later--and for many days after--there were no more deep holes, but many small indentions in the ground. I really didn't think about them until Hubby motioned for me to look out the window today, I had my answer to the small holes. Birdie dirt baths!











18 comments:

Arti said...

Sparrows like this kind of bath, it helps to keep acarians away. A nice collection of pics

Rhonda Albom said...

Cool collection of photos. That bird seems to be having fun.

Diana Studer said...

what fun to see an interesting explanation to the mystery

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh I bet that felt good in the feathers!!! YAM xx

Laurie Matherne said...

I like your photo essay on the dirt baths. I live in a very wet part of the world where the birds like water baths. I did find evidence of rabbits in my backyard this week. They must be slipping under the fence. I knew I had a family living next door in a small uncut lot but I didn't know they visited my backyard too. They come out around twilight at my front window in the wild area next door. I think they like to watch the TV show, Jeopardy,though the window, which comes on about that time. They leave before Wheel of Fortune, because my rabbits are too smart for that show.

Ela said...

Fantastic photos !!!
Love these funny creatures !!
Greetings

Sharon Wagner said...

I'll stick with water. Dirt baths are a bird brained idea!

daisy g said...

How cute is that?! I thought only chickens liked to take dust baths!
Thanks for joining us on The Maple Hill Hop this week!

Christian WeiƟ said...

Cool birds and beautiful photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh what a neat thing to capture. Fascinating behavior. I love this series Betty! Do you know about Stewart's meme: Wild Bird Wednesday? This would be wonderful for it. Maybe next week because it posts on Tuesday (well, at my house anyway)...

A Quiet Corner said...

A little exfoliation goes a long way, right?...:)JP

pattisjarrett said...

How cute! I watched one take a dirt bath not too long ago, but our soil is hard and dry, it couldn't make a nice little wallow like yours did.

marshaleith said...

cute!!!

Mama Zen said...

These are really cute!

CountryMum said...

Great captures. You never know what you will see in your garden.

Ida said...

How cute. I've never seen a bird taking a dirt bath before.

Rambling Woods said...

There are birds like house sparrows that love dirt baths.. So cute to catch all the action... Michelle

Judith Gray said...

very cute!