I have automatic irrigation. I also have Moy Grande Hardy Hibiscus in a bed near the dichondra lawn.
The lawn is watered with sprayers. They over spray and get the very large leaves of the Hardy Hibiscus wet.
Immediately after the cycle is done, the hummers come and roll around on the leaves, scoot on their bellies and then take off. This is the first year for this behavior and it is early at sunrise. But at sunrise we are at a low of 85 degrees.
Are they cooling off or taking a bath?
And it is totally delightful to watch. And again, one can only be there at a time.
I am so jealous. Sounds like they are bathing to me. I even bought a mister in hopes of seeing the hummingbirds play in the water. No luck though. Those little ones are so busy guarding the feeders they won't even take a break.
Sharon - My hummers love to sit at the feeders or on a tree branch (generally a dead branch) during a light rain or even a heavier steady rain (but no thunderstorms, thank you) and bathe. They love to alternate between bathing and drinking sugar water (multitasking?)
I've never actually seen them bathing on any of my wet leaves leaves, though I bet they do it all the time. Anyway, I decided to see how common it really was so I started looking online and apparently it's a super-common behavior. They LOVE to bathe in the water left on leaves and then will sit and preen all their feathers.
Have you had a hotter Summer this year? If so, maybe that's why you're seeing it.
Actually we are cooler this year and have only been at 110 twice. They, up until this year, bathed in thr KOI pond waterfall area. Something has changed. I will have to take a close look at the water fall. Something is spooking them off.
Last year one afternoon I was spraying down some plants after a very hot day and the hummers kept flying through the stream of water. And when the feeder is empty, they come and let me know with their chatter.
The hummers are so much fun to watch. They seem so fearless. Sometimes when I fill the feeders I will stand back and watch for a few minutes and a few will actually fly up right in front of me to check me out; it is almost like a dog looking at me with it's head cocked in a inquisitive way.