Visitors at the Bird Bath

During the drought this year, to assist the various animals that make our yard their home, I placed a bird bath at the bottom of our hill, in the wooded part of the yard. To learn what animals were using the bird bath, I placed a trail cam on a nearby tree to record the activity at the bird bath. Below are some of images recorded by the trail cam.

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Robins were frequent visitors to the bird bath. Sometimes, families of 3-4 robins would take turns bathing in the bird bath.

A picture of an American Robin (Turdus migratorius) perched on a bird bath
An American Robin (Turdus migratorius) perched on the bird bath.

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

A picture of a Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) on the edge of a bird bath.
A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) on the edge of a bird bath.

Prior to seeing the following image, I had not seen a Blue Jay bathe in a bird bath despite having multiple bird baths for years.

A picture of a wet Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) wet after taking a bath.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

A picture of a Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
A Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
A picture of a pair of Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) at the bird bath.
A pair of Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) at the bird bath.

American goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

A picture of an American goldfinch (Spinus tristis) on a bird bath
An American goldfinch (Spinus tristis).

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

After I saw the following picture, I knew why I occasionally found partially consumed animal carcasses in the bird bath. Crows were using it to clean their food.

A picture of an American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) cleaning its food in a bird bath
An American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) cleaning its food in a bird bath.
A picture of a muster of American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
A muster of American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) with three on the bird bath and two in the trees.

Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus)

A Hairy Woodpecker would frequently visit nearby trees but never visited the bird bath.

A picture of a Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus) on a tree
A Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus) on a nearby tree.

Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

A picture of an Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) visiting the bird bath.
An Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) visiting the bird bath.

One apparently tired Gray Squirrel rested on the bird bath.

A picture of an Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) lounging on the bird bath.
An Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) lounging on the bird bath.

American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

A picture of an American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) visiting the bird bath
An American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
A picture of an American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) drinking from the bird bath
An American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) drinking from the bird bath.

Mouse

The bird bath even had visitors at night. The camera recorded several images of mice visiting the bird bath at night.

A picture of a mouse drinking from the bird bath
A mouse drinking from the bird bath.

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

A pair of raccoons were recorded walking past the bird bath but they apparently had no interest in it.

A picture of a Raccoon (Procyon lotor) walking past the bird bath.
A Raccoon (Procyon lotor) walking past the bird bath.

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