I admit, I don't always keep the bird bath cleaned and filled...I go in fits and spurts on that. I filled it about a week ago, and then a week of hot, hot weather evaporated most of the water, and what was left had become quite slimy (algae? bird schmezz?). So, a couple days ago I schlepped the hose over to the bird bath and gave it a good scrubbing, after which I filled it right up with cool, clean water, and then headed off to water the shrubs and wildflowers I recently planted as part of my on-going effort to naturalize the landscape.
Soon the birds had found the newly watered plants and the clean bath. They went to town. Not only were there easily a dozen or two sparrows flitting around in the grass, but a family of bluebirds decided it was bath time.
And, just for laughs and giggles, here they are in action:
(The background sounds are either traffic on the road, Dr. Who on the computer behind me, or the dog.)
It's amazing how just a small bit of water can bring so much life to a yard.