The area where we feed our birds happens to be in a marsh area so we always get to see the birds bathing. It is so adorable. Normally what the birds do after they bathe is fly off, straighten out their feathers, and hunker down until they dry off a little bit. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this chickadee.

I hadn’t seen this chickadee bathing and I had never seen one wet before so I thought he was sick when he flew up looking at ratty and oily! Quickly, I realized that he was just wet from bathing. He couldn’t wait to dry off a bit before he showed himself…he needed a peanut, stat!

It worked to my advantage because after he had his snack he hung around preened himself straight. I love nature!

Wet Chickadee