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Friday, July 21, 2017

Searching For Shade

As with most of the country, we are enduring a summer heatwave.
It makes for dangerous conditions if you suffer from breathing problems or have to work outside for prolonged periods of time.
It also shortens tempers.
 
The birds are hiding out beneath the canopy of trees. Every once in awhile they appear at the birdbaths to quench their thirst, all have their beaks gaped wide open in an effort to cool down.
Birds do not have sweat glands, so they can only lose heat through breathing.
Even dipping your toes in the birdbath seems to help.
 

 
 

Stay safe dear friends.

8 comments:

Deb said...

Wow Jo...these are wonderful photos. I have never seen a hawk use a bird-bath. It is a scorcher here in Ontario, too. Just in from filling the bird baths with fresh cold water.

DJan said...

We are part of the country that is not in a heat wave. Just looking at how those birds are suffering makes me feel sad. Thank you for having lots of water for them. :-)

Susie said...

Jo, We have two birdbaths and two water features to help the birds. It has been very hot here and stormy thru the night. Blessings, keep cool, xoxo, Susie

Henny Penny said...

I have never seen a Hawk use a bird bath. It is really hot and dry here. There were warnings on the news this morning, telling folks to not stay outside any longer than an hour at the time. Your yard always looks green and cool, even when it's hot.

Patsy said...

Great photo's and they sure show how important it is to
take care of our wild life. We cause them to depend on us.

Kathy said...

These are great pictures. I'm never able to get the birds to stay still long enough to get them. Keep cool, Jo. It's a scorcher here too.

Betsy Brock said...

Good thing you have that bird bath! haha. Looks like everything is using it!

L. D. said...

We had this same heat wave. Our yards really didn't survive it being so hot for so long. It was unbearable to be out in it. I had to water very early mornings.