Twickster, thanks for bringing back memories of my Grandmother to me. She loved birds; she was always throwing breadcrumbs to the birds and had a bird bath in her back yard. I used to “help” her clean the birdbath, which she did at least a couple of times a week - cause those birds definitely used it. lol There’s a picture of me in her backyard, filling up the birdbath with the hose; sometimes I would even scrub it out first (hence the quote marks around help - I think she ended up going behind me to make sure there was no scouring powder left in the bath).
I live in an apartment so don’t have a yard to put out bird feeders or a bath in, but I do enjoy watching the birds, especially early in the morning. I take my coffee onto my patio, read the paper and watch the birds because that’s when they’re at the most active, I think. Last weekend I saw a cardinal and a bluejay along with the regular sparrows and mourning doves that frequent my neighborhood.
Unfortunately, right now birdbaths have fallen out of favor because of the standing water, which is prime breeding ground for mosquitos, carriers of the West Nile disease.