Once upon a time, in a place far away in distance and time, I had a first opportunity to watch carefully how a variety of birds take water baths. As you would expect, different bird species bathe differently. Bathing behavior is another one of those things that separate species from one another.

Hummingbirds, of course, are quick and sparing. Robins are exuberant and like to get soaked. Birds of prey seem to be reluctant. I never have seen a woodpecker bathe. And so on; it was interesting and instructive just to observe. It still is, there in our little dripper bath.

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