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Thirsty bird takes a sip from a drinking fountain

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 6:05 am in Birds.

Thirsty bird at the drinking fountain. Photo by Ethan Winning, Walnut Creek, CA
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I was about to start my morning walk/hike/trek/trudge (it all depends on weather and mood) at Borges Ranch (in Walnut Creek’s Shell Ridge Open Space), when I looked over at the fountain next to the Ranger’s office, and there was a Little Brown Bird that looked very much like a house wren (although I’ve spotted more Bewick’s lately). I got three photos before he took off.

As the year progresses, the shadows over that part of the ranch are later and deeper than during the summer. Why the LBB had to be thirsty in Sept. rather than in July is just Mother Nature’s way of poking fun at photographers.
Ethan Winning, Walnut Creek, California

When you need a drink, you need a drink. It’s always interesting to me how the wild creatures seem to be able to adapt our human conveniences to their own use. Wild birds sip from our drinking fountains … raccoons use our garbage cans to store their food … squirrels turn our attics into giant rodent condominiums. The wild creatures will be around, I suspect, long after we humans are gone. /Gary

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