Another of the recent visitors to our little pond.
A red-breasted nuthatch spent about 10 minutes bathing and grooming then repeating.
The park is very dry, all the sloughs have dried up and safe water is hard for animals to find.
I've noticed the pond is going down about 4 inches a day.
The Red-breasted Nuthatch collects resin globules from coniferous trees and plasters them around the entrance of its nest hole. It may carry the resin in its bill or on pieces of bark that it uses as an applicator. The male puts the resin primarily around the outside of the hole while the female puts it around the inside. The resin may help to keep out predators or competitors. The nuthatch avoids the resin by diving directly through the hole.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology