It had been noticed that the birdbaths were all dried up and the pond was a quart low.
So yesterday we cleaned the baths and topped up the pond, having to reattach the hose that had been disconnected due to below freezing temperatures recently.
It is a good thing those housekeeping tasks were seen to, because unexpected visitors came calling this morning.
The telltale noise of scratching on the metal roof by many bird feet alerted us that it would be a good idea to grab the camera and set up shop on the loveseat in the bedroom that faces out towards the pond, for the birds would be thirsty.
Hazel the cat was rudely moved from her perch on the wicker chair situated above the heat vent and the bedroom door was closed tightly to keep her out. Then the glass slider was opened just wide enough for a clear view of the slope that contains the pond and looks upwards towards the Zen Garden with the koi bowl birdbath by the split rail fence. The sound of feathered wings fluttering away at the human noise did not deter the camera wielding pajama clad gardener. They would be back.
It is often wondered if the birds and other wildlife recognize me as the creator and caretaker of this garden space, or am I just another dangerous human that should be avoided.
I try to tread lightly on the Earth and respect the other creatures. Do they know, I wonder, that they are safe here?
Unlike the day featured on the header photo and featured on the Older Posts of Interest on the sidebar when dozens of thirsty cedar waxwings descended on the pond, click here to read it, there were only a few such visitors today. But there was a good variety of feathered friends who did stop by for a drink and a bath.