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Bird bath

The mister system in my lath house includes, among other things, a dripline that refreshes a wall-mounted birdbath on the back patio fence. The mister system fires off three times a day--on a Dr Pepper schedule of 10, 2, and 4--for 15 minutes each time. Mr Cardinal has used this bath often. Today, for the 2 PM refreshment, he brought Mrs Cardinal. I've never seen them together at the birdbath before.

It's a small birdbath. She went first, and when she was sufficiently wet, he took his turn. She dried herself with the customary ruffles and flourishes, then dropped to the basil pot beneath the birdbath and feasted on basil seeds. Mr Cardinal meantime sat on top of the fence and dried himself.

When he seemed to be over with his drying and preening routine, he chirped at her in that unmelodic cardinal chirp, and they flew away.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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