Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 238 - Taking a bath

A bit rushed this week - as some of you may know I am in India on a work trip - so things are a bit hectic!  And I thought I had set a WBW post up for this week - only to find I was wrong!

Indian birds and pictures to follow soon!

These birds are House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) taking a dust bath in a car park in New Zealand.  Given that they seem to have excavated little holes in the ground, it seems to a popular location for a bath.  The dust also seems to have given the birds a little more colour than normal!









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26 comments:

Marcia said...

Hmm .. those look like what we call English or House sparrow. Nuisance birds. I bet it was funny to watch their bathing techniques.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That one sparrow ought to have the cleanest head in the bird kingdom. They really are quite amusing to watch. Thanks as always for hosting, most especially while you are away and not only away but working .

Liz said...

What a sweet bird! I'm looking forward to your Indian birds!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Looking forward to seeing some of the birds from India. Have a safe trip.

Missy George said...

Great shots of a somewhat ordinary behavior..I guess Sparrows look the same the world over...Happy Valentines Day..

Missy George said...

Colorful for sure..Have a safe trip...

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great captures of the sparrows taking their dust baths. Thanks for hosting.
Happy Valentine's Day, enjoy your new week ahead!

Nora said...

We also have a lot of those English House Sparrows. At first I could not tell what they were doing! I never thought of them having a bath! In our area the house sparrows have taken over a lot of the indigenous birds areas and are quite aggressive. I think someone just brought two or three birds over and let them loose here years ago.

NatureFootstep said...

fun shots! :)

Sharon Wagner said...

He's really going at it. Birds and their dirt baths. I'll look forward to seeing you're birding adventures in India!

Findlay Wilde said...

House Sparrows have been declining over here, but we have a healthy population round us. Great fun to watch the family interactions. Hope you get some birding time during your work trip.

A Quiet Corner said...

Oh, how darling, Stewart!!! I've tried so hard to get something like this!!...:)JP

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Stewart, enjoy your travels :D)
I love your photos of the little house sparrows. Looking like it's really enjoying the dust/gravel bath!
I've been a bit lax with linking up - but will get a'clicking away real soon.
Cheers to you !

Pat Tillett said...

What a cute little fluff-ball! (or maybe dust-ball).
Fantastic photos Stewart.

Anu said...

Hello Stewart! Great series of the sparrows!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

The sweetie pie . . . he needs to find a backyard with a nice birdbath

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It does seem to have brought out the rusty dusty colors! Very cute! Enjoy your week!

Andrea Priebe said...

I though the purpose of bathing was to remove the dust (dirt). She seems a bit confused, though I guess if you have no other choice, it might be the thing to do. They are cute even if they are considered nuisance birds. Hope you are getting a little R&R in with your work trip. There must be many wonderful places to go in India ... and birds, needless to say. Enjoy and safe travels, Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

LOLfromPasa said...

How fun these shots of yours are.

photodoug said...

Stewart, House Sparrows are an overlooked bird. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Well, there's more than one kind of bath!

Lady Fi said...

Sweet shots.

Jessi Lashakmitis said...

What a beautiful pictures you took!!! It's nice to see a different way of taking a bath:) Thanks for sharing!
Jessi

GreenComotion said...

The most adorable photo series yet!
Really beautiful bird, Stewart and great photos.
Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Hi Stewart- this one seems to be having a bit of a deluxe spa day in the dirt. Sunday's almost over here so I will wish you a great start to the week for tomorrrow.

A Colorful World said...

Such a dirty bird! :-) Just teasing. Great shots of him. Wish I'd had birds to join in this week, but alas...Maybe soon. Have an amazing trip to India! How fortunate you are to get to go. And, know I will keep at it with my blog despite the issues. There may be something wrong with my computer, so I am holding off starting a new blog right now. Have a great week! Look forward to the Indian birds.