Several Garden BirdWatchers have recently reported to us Woodpigeons washing themselves in the rain. It is certainly quite a spectacle, with these portly birds lifting their wings to the sky in order to get a good soaking (as the Grandson of one Garden BirdWatcher put it 'washing under their arms'). In West Yorkshire, Garden BirdWatcher Joyce Sweet saw a Woodpigeon lifting its wing to expose its under-parts to hailstones - a real power shower! Rain-bathing can also be accompanied by bathing using water from beneath, as seen by Clarissa Stevens in Southampton (see photos).
Widening BTO's appeal
Andy Clements, BTO's Chief Executive, looks at how BTO can engage new audiences.