Sparrow Bath House


I was amazed and delighted to see these “sparrow baths” made by a group of House Sparrows returning to the same spot everyday to bathe in the dust. Inside the dust was very fine, sifted by feathers. Outside the ground was hard and crusted over. It must have taken some time to form these lovely bowls.


Unfortunately, the Sparrows left the baths upon the car’s approach – which is why I noticed them in the first place. Had I more time I would have staked it out to get a bathing shot, but I had to leave and only managed this image which at least provides a sense of scale.

2 responses

  1. I tried to be you yesterday and sat beside a water barrel waiting for the frog who stares at me all day from in there. Camera set tripodded and ready. No dice. He plopped back down into the water just as I was ready. I waited a long long time. And so did he. Apparently I ran out of air before he did!!! Love the sparrows! c

    August 17, 2011 at 9:58 am

  2. Sparrows love their vigorous dust baths- I’d never seen them form bowls like this before!

    August 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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