Saturday, 1 August 2009
No, not the unfortunate placement of the Housemartin nursery over the front door but the use of a torrent by the resident Collared Dove.
I have seen pigeons rolling on grass and allowing other pigeons to groom their underfeathers and Starlings are regular visitors to the bird bath. I had never seen a bird take a shower though. Both underwings received equal treatment and fastidious attention was paid to cleaning out the resultant debris before settling once again to resigned complacency.
I am reminded of the Chicken joke as 'told' by Ernest Hemmingway:
"Why did the chicken cross the road? .... to die .... in the rain ..... alone ........ "