Mr. Robin Enjoys the Birdbath

I’m calling him Mr. Robin because I believe he is a mister and not a miss or misses.  But I’m not positive because I’ve not seen that many robins that have been identified as male or female.  It’s always easier to identify sex when one sex has two or three distinct traits/characteristics that the other sex does not have.  The problem with identifying male vs. female robins is that the distinction is based on how the similarities of the two sexes differ.

So, unless you are looking at them side by side or have seen numerous examples of both sexes, seeing the differences in the similarities can be difficult.  I mean just the phrase “the differences in the similarities” is difficult.

I know I explained the flat rock shown on the left in this photo before, but I have some time so I’ll do it again.  I noticed that when the bowl of the birdbath was not filled to the brim, the smaller birds like the wrens, and even the house finches, couldn’t bend over far enough to reach the water.  The robins and blue jays had no problem.

I figured I’d solve the problem by putting a brick in the middle of the bowl.  Instead of helping fewer birds were showing up.  Thinking the “unnaturalness” of the brick was scaring birds away I put in the flat stone.  It wasn’t thick enough to put in the middle so I angled it on the edge.  This allowed the birds to walk down to the edge of the water.  Turns out the birds loved it and I started attracting more birds and species that had not come before such as goldfinches and, unfortunately, ravens.

So back to Mr. Robin.  Here he is walking down the ramp to take a bath.  He seems to have paused to ask himself “do I really want to do this?” … “what if the water is cold?”.


“So far so good; not too cold on my tush”.


“I’m getting used to it.”


“Alright, let’s make this a party.”



“That was fun.”  “I just need to calm down and dry off now”


And here is Mister Robin, all clean and refreshed.  He even styled his hair into a nice pompadour.


Thank you for stopping by.


All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Nikkor 80-300mm telephoto zoom lens.


14 thoughts on “Mr. Robin Enjoys the Birdbath

    • Thank you Pete. They do look like they enjoy it and I like it when they go all the way under. I’ve yet to get a good shot of that but hopefully will someday.


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