Robins really like bird baths, and lately they have been spending quite a bit of time in it.
Sometimes it’s a whole-body dunk, and sometimes just a belly splash. A couple of male robins have spent many minutes bathing over the last couple of days.
All this bathing activity can’t be just for cooling off — the temperatures are only in the 40s and 50s most days. Perhaps their newly molted feathers are itchy, or they are trying to drown their skin parasites?
Sometimes it’s just a long soak, in the now, very cool water. I was surprised to see them sit for such a long time — there are Cooper’s Hawks in the backyard that would love to have a robin for lunch.
The males are quite possessive of their bathing time. I can just imagine the male (left) chirping to the female on the right — “I’m not done yet!“
And she chirps back — “Well, get on with it then!“
“All right, all right!”
Do you have disputes over control of the bathroom facilities at your house?