Time for a (Bird) Bath

@JudyEv (91863)
Bunbury, Australia
April 25, 2017 10:16pm CST
I've been out and fed Herc and unpacked some more of the bus. After I sat down at my computer, two twenty-eight parrots arrived for a bath. One stayed for ages and must have been nearly too wet to fly away. But I guess they have more sense than that. They get the name 'twenty-eight' from their call. They are also known as the 'ring-neck parrot'. Their fancy name is Barnardius zonarius and they are classified as a large parrot. They are very common throughout the south-west of Western Australia and are also found in many other parts of the country. I hate to admit to shooting these when they'd get in the orchard on the farm. Now the robins are arriving for baths and the water is nearly all gone.
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• Banks, Oregon
26 Apr
I remember my Grandma Mary used to have Bird baths at her house i used to love watching the birds
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
This one really had a great bath. The one at the bottom flew away and the other one went down and had a second bath.
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• Banks, Oregon
26 Apr
@JudyEv I love bird watching i havent done it much lately though, are high school used to have a little area where birds would come and land all the time there were so many bird feeders id catch myself staring out the windows and get yelled at by the teacher for staring off into space as he called it.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
@chrissbergstrom You can waste a lot of time if you like birds and animals.
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@TRBRocks420 (58817)
• Banks, Oregon
26 Apr
Very cool looking bird, that reminds me of the bird bath my Grandma always had in her yard.
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• Banks, Oregon
26 Apr
Me to, i remember always watching the birds in the bath at Grandma Mary's
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
@chrissbergstrom @TRBRocks420 The bird bath is straight out from where I sit at the computer so the least movement always catches my attention.
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• Banks, Oregon
26 Apr
@JudyEv How very nice
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@teamfreak16 (33474)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Apr
And I just learned something I didn't know!
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
That's good. I'm continually astounded at how much I don't know!
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@andriaperry (28135)
• Anniston, Alabama
26 Apr
@JudyEv LOL, me too.
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@DianneN (54692)
• United States
26 Apr
I love the variety of birds that spend time drinking and bathing in our bird baths. So does Doodles!
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
They are great time-wasters, aren't they?
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@DianneN (54692)
• United States
26 Apr
@JudyEv I love every minute of wasting my time watching them.
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@vickyrose (1964)
• Canberra, Australia
27 Apr
@JudyEv best time to spend, never mind the chores, they'd always be waiting...
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@LadyDuck (113051)
• Switzerland
26 Apr
They both look comfortable and seem not to have intention to fly away.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
Maybe they've been coming around while we've been away.
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@LadyDuck (113051)
• Switzerland
26 Apr
@JudyEv It is possible, I always see more or less the same birds in our bird bath.
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@jstory07 (55999)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Apr
Put some more water in the bird bath.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
I do keep it topped up if it gets low. It fills automatically every night.
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@snowy22315 (31221)
• United States
26 Apr
The birds here will never use my birdbath. I feel personally insulted.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
That's a pity. I wonder why that is. Is it out on its own? This has a hedge behind it so perhaps they feel safe in being able to hide there quickly if they need to.
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@sueznewz2 (8899)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Apr
they're very colourful... and look very comfy...
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Apr
The one in the top bath was there for ages. I wanted to take him out a towel in the end. He must have been pretty wet.
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@sueznewz2 (8899)
• Alicante, Spain
29 Apr
@JudyEv aye an he's a big bird it doesn't look as though there's room for any others with him in it.. lol
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@allknowing (54665)
• India
26 Apr
What are those bricks doing in the bird bath and I find your bath too tiny. They should be tapered so that all sized birds can frolic in there. Hope you do not mind my making this suggestion.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
The brick is holding down the pipe which supplies the water. The water spurts into a bottle then into the bath. There is too much pressure to get the water in any other way.
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@amnabas (9778)
• Karachi, Pakistan
26 Apr
That must be delightful to watch.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
The little birds love it too and often there will be up to dozen all waiting their turn.
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@Shellyann36 (7993)
• United States
26 Apr
They are beautiful. So glad you were able to share the photos of them.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr
They have a lot of blue on the underneath parts too.
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• United States
27 Apr
@JudyEv It is so nice that you live where you can see these beautiful tropical birds in your back yard! Does the males and females have different colorings? Can you easily tell them apart?
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Apr
@Shellyann36 You can't tell these apart easily. They all look the same to me.
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@responsiveme (13185)
• India
30 Apr
I was wondering why twenty eight and were you talking bout 56 birds in a mathematical way
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr
Have you sorted it out now?
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• India
30 Apr
@JudyEv yes...Pitfalls of teaching mathematics
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr
@responsiveme You've inspired another story - thanks.
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@spiderdust (2478)
• San Jose, California
26 Apr
That's a lot of parrots!
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
Only two! The little birds come in all together but not the bigger ones.
• San Jose, California
26 Apr
@JudyEv I misread, and thought you had 28 parrots instead of 2 "Twenty-Eight" parrots.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
@spiderdust Oh, that explains it then! I couldn't quite work out what you meant. I could have worded it better really.
• China
26 Apr
They are lovely parrots and have the distinctive name.I don't remember if I have seen them in our zoo.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr
I don't think I've ever seen them in any zoos either. They are very common here.
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• China
27 Apr
@JudyEv I think this species of parrot is native to Australia and doesn't get used to other countries' climate.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr
@changjiangzhibin89 That could well be and would explain why it's not seen in other countries.
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@lady1993 (13032)
• Philippines
26 Apr
birds are so cute, unless they peck you we do not have bird baths here though, but maybe i'll try it.. the birds here are not very trusting can i just but a bowl with water and hang it up high?
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
Yes, a bowl of water hung up would be good. Or sat on a pedestal of some kind. Hanging up is good as any cats would find it hard to catch the birds while they're bathing. If it is near some shrubs or trees the birds might feel safer. Our birds aren't very trusting either but I'm able to take the photos from inside.
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@lady1993 (13032)
• Philippines
28 Apr
@JudyEv thank you for the tips i'll definitely try those this weekend, i hope i can take pictures too haha
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Apr
@lady1993 We photographed a new bird this evening - one we haven't seen before.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
26 Apr
They are lovely birds Judy. Not any of those around here thats for sure.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr
There is quite a bit of blue underneath too, as you can see.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
27 Apr
@JudyEv Yes I do see and so colorful and lovely Judy thanks.
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• New Delhi, India
26 Apr
You must have enjoyed it a lot
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
We don't see these bigger birds too often so it is great to see them enjoying the water.
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• New Delhi, India
26 Apr
@JudyEv I can understand.. These small moments in life are worth enjoying
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@ilocosboy (28212)
• Philippines
26 Apr
I think it's cool watching these parrots bathing
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr
We love seeing them. Some have a quick dip and others soak their feet for ages.
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@ilocosboy (28212)
• Philippines
26 Apr
@JudyEv it's good you took a photo
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@Tampa_girl7 (21000)
• United States
27 Apr
I've never seen a bird quite like that. That's a pretty shade of green.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Apr
I've put up another photo in the comment (3 actually I think - but all the same) to show the blue colouring underneath.
@vickyrose (1964)
• Canberra, Australia
27 Apr
I love birds, those parrots have very nice green colours. Time to replenish the water
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr
They're very pretty aren't they? They have quite a lot of blue in the underneath feathers too.