Lessons in taking a bath — 6 images

We spent the day in Geneva yesterday and had lunch on the little island, Ile Rousseau, in the middle of the Rhone River just where it exits from Lake Geneva. There is a snack and wine bar located there where we bought excellent paninis and decadently delicious patisseries that we ate while sitting outside in the sunshine. 😊 The island is also where the local wildlife — swans, geese, ducks and gulls — hang out and I thoroughly enjoyed adding to my collection of bird  images, especially the swans. I’ll feature them in a future post.

Naturally, whenever outdoor eating is involved there will be house sparrows, and the island was no exception. I took enormous pleasure in watching the young sparrows getting a lesson in bathing in the water on the downstream edge of the island, where they were somewhat protected from the ferociously strong current as the waters of the lake are funnelled into the relatively narrow banks of the river.

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In the shallows…House sparrows bathing at edge of riverHouse sparrows bathing at edge of riverHouse sparrows bathing at edge of riverHouse sparrows bathing on edge of river

A black-headed gull in non-breeding plumage watches a very young sparrow at the water’s edge. Gull watching young sparrow bathing

After the bath…Soaked young house sparrow on branchPoor bedraggled little things weren’t very good at drying themselves off, some of them didn’t even have a full complement of feathers — and the water was COLD! It was very entertaining watching the adult sparrows showing the babies how it was done and then watching the babies’ cautious first efforts. 😊 



4 thoughts on “Lessons in taking a bath — 6 images

    • Thanks, Chris. I made a comment when I was processing the image that I wondered if the gull was watching out for, watching nonchalantly, or considering adding clean baby sparrow to his lunch menu…lol! In fact, in that particular area there seemed to be an attitude of live and let live, everyone seemed to get along famously (swans, geese, ducks, divers, gulls, cormorants, pigeons, sparrows), with the odd squabble when sandwich leftovers got tossed their way. Rather than chasing off the gulls, the parent sparrows actually brought their brood to the water’s edge right next to the gulls. There were certainly other spots without gulls that they could have chosen, altho the water may have been the safest (no fierce current) where the gulls were. In any case, there were no attempts by anyone to harm the little ones.


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