Behold: The Yellow-Breasted Splash’n Dasher

In my webcammings of late I’ve been pointing the camera through a window out into the side garden at a makeshift birdbath that I set up awhile ago during some particularly nasty hot and dry spell. To my consterned surprise the effort went entirely ignored for a few weeks by what turned out to be a very wary and I guess not too thirsty local avian community.

Then, as if having cleared some sort of unspoken probationary period the birds started dropping in for dips and sips. Trouble is with the rare exception the webcam mostly captures and serves up birdless stills of the rippling water, so as a way of proving the installation is being utilized I’ve cobbled together a little slideshow montage of images of a little yellow-hued bird who is probably the most regular visitor.


I’ve set the series of 10 images (culled over about a three-minute period yesterday afternoon) to loop continually, and as it unspools I hope it brings some happiness to your day. It sure did to mine. Because in this big bad world sometimes something as slight as the joy of a playful little bird can give your spirits a lift.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."