Monday, August 07, 2006

SO MUCH FOR THAT BIRDBATH


Several times a week for years the raccoons knock the top off this birdbath. I guess they're washing whatever they found in my yard, though God knows what that might be. Usually the bowl lands harmlessly in the ivy below but a couple of times it has cracked clear across. I've glued it back together a few times in the 15 years or so that I've had it, but it happened again a couple of nights ago and this time I think it's a goner. So I had a pedestal with nothing on it and after a little thought I plunked a clear blue glass ball on the top of it.

The rest of the afternoon I watched finches fly down to the spot where the birdbath was and do a quick backpedal as they almost landed on the globe. We aren't the only ones that are creatures of habit.

Footnote: Last night the raccoons knocked over a different birdbath, one they've never paid any attention to before. So apparently they need to do that as part of their nightly ritual in my yard.

7 comments:

Annie in Austin said...

Maybe the raccoons were hanging on the edge, trying to climb up to the water? We get the rather comical and clumsy White-wing Doves here. When they tried to squeeze in 10 at a time the whole birdbath moved. I put a glazed clay saucer on one of those 10-inch metal plant stands as a waterer for them.

I hope your finches don't suffer any concussions!

LostRoses said...

Annie, I'm sure you're right that they hang on to the edge trying to get to the water and then knock it over. The puzzler is there's a ground level birdbath that's meant for the cousins of your White-winged Doves, the Mourning Doves. The doves love it, the coons ignore it. I guess acrobatics are part of the entertainment!

No bird-brain concussions yet!

Carol said...

Oh I but I love the look of the glassball there and what a beautiful color it has! Also the hollyhock looks really nice!

LostRoses said...

Carol, I love the glass ball too. I found it and a green one at a garage sale for $1 apiece. I was very happy to bring them home.

I think the birds are now used to it not being a birdbath anymore!

OldRoses said...

Great idea! I've always wanted a glass ball in my gardens but the pedestals are sooooo expensive. I bought a new birdbath this year when the bowl of my old one broke. I've been wondering what to do with the base. Now I know. Thank you!

LostRoses said...

Oldroses, I "collect" birdbath stands, from garage sales or my own cast-offs. They do make great pedestals, I'm using another one to hold a heavy metal sundial, and I've had one of those brass armillary globes glued to the top of another for years.

So glad you're going to have a base for your glass ball!

Carol said...

Hey that's good that you can get the pedastals at garage sales over there. They are hard to get here or very expensive whereas you can get glass balls pretty cheap.