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Georgia weather can be so finicky, we usually get cheated out of any decent spring and fall weather. With the last few days in the 70’s and nights around 50 degrees, a cold snap is headed our way. Predicted low temperatures are below freezing starting tomorrow night, until of course, we are back in the 70’s again next week.
There are several bird baths in the yard, (no – make that too many bird baths in the yard) that won’t fare well in freezing temperatures. The concrete pedestal bath for one, along with the ceramic pedestal bath will definitely crack. The plastic ground bath with the dripper will do the same.
I never really understood how folks could just dump the water and turn their bird baths over for winter? Fresh water is a critical element for birds’ winter survival. When temperatures drop below freezing, most shallow pools and ponds tend to freeze, leaving many wild birds no immediate water source.
In lieu of the nearing cold snap, tomorrow’s chores include winter preparations for feathered friends, almost a bird bath face lift if you will. Removing summer bath accessories like water wigglers (shown above) and drippers like this one, and adding heaters to the baths will keep birds flocking and happy! The deck-mounted bath conceals its heater inside, so it just needs to be plugged in…yay!
Adding heaters to your existing bird baths is one of the best ways to keep birds around. Last year our Eastern Bluebirds over-wintered, staying around through one of the nastiest winters on record.
Help feathered friends to thrive and flourish during frigid winter weather by creating a wildlife-friendly habitat with a consistent fresh water source, food and shelter.
With the end of summer, so comes the migration south for many song birds. A few favorites may stick around if their habitat suits them well enough. Bluebirds in my yard for example, surprised me last year when they decided to over-winter. Probably because of the juicy live worms they were offered everyday, and mostly because of the heated bird baths in the yard. This season we had three successful broods!
Heated bird baths really are important to wild birds. As temperatures drop and local water sources tend to freeze over, the baths offer an oasis for drinking and bathing. Clean feathers are a must for birds to stay warm too. When you see them “puff up” it is a mechanism they use to retain body heat. Some folks believe birds can eat snow for water, and they can, but it takes them many calories to convert the snow to water. And these are precious calories needed to just stay warm.
If you already have a favorite bath, please don’t empty it and turn it over for winter. Consider adding a heater or deicer to it for the birds. They need fresh water in winter just as much as hot summer months. Many of the newer heaters are safe for use with all bird baths, so there’s no worry about having a metal heater in a plastic or resin bath. The Heated Rock for example, is an innovative new heater that’s safe with all types of baths. Mat-type heaters can be used with all baths as well.
Help birds to thrive and flourish this winter by offering a consistent fresh water source with heated bird baths. You never know who may surprise you and decide to stick around?
An investment in a birdbath is well worth the visitors it will bring to your yard. If you’re thinking of a new one to replace the old chipped concrete one …or even your first one…consider heated bird baths if your winters are freezing. Just as important in sweltering summer heat, a constant fresh water source is crucial to birds when temperatures freeze. Many folks believe birds eat snow for water (and they can) but it’s very difficult for them to metabolize and burns precious calories needed to stay warm. Shallow ponds will also tend to freeze over when temperatures drop below 32 degrees, and this renders a consistent and reliable water source useless for birds.
Remember, the heater does not need to run to use the bath year-round. In our yard there are 3 heated bird baths running throughout winter. This is part of the reason our bluebirds stuck around all year. Likely it was the live meal worms that were the big attraction, but these baths ensured fresh water daily regardless of the weather.
Attracting wild birds through changing seasons sometimes requires us to adapt birding accessories to those seasons. For instance, in the heat of summer, high fat suet melts easily and turns rancid quickly, so it’s not ideal for summer, although packed with calories and great for winter feeding! During freezing winter temperatures, the shallow water in bird baths will freeze over, rendering them useless.
Regardless of climate, a fresh water source is always the most effective way to attract more species of wild birds. Aside from birdhouses and bird feeders, water will always complete a bird-friendly habitat. In colder climates during winter months, a heated bird bath is without a doubt, the number way to experience more sightings of different species for the ultimate backyard birding experience!
One of the most effective ways to attract more birds is with fresh water!
Get more wild birds flocking to your yard with fresh water. The necessity for this resource each and every season is so important that you’re guaranteed to to see species that never even visit your bird feeders! Strategically placed, a good bird bath is an advantage to any backyard birder’s viewing experience, not to mention their feathered friends. Birds tend to bathe naturally close to the ground, but with predators lurking, a raised water source is a better choice. Also, a bath placed near trees or shrubs provides quick cover from raptors as well, birds tend to hop on a nearby branch to preen in higher safety.
A bath that sees freezing winter temperatures will be rendered useless with it’s shallow water unless a heater or deicer is used. Many birdbaths are available with concealed heaters for a neater, more streamlined look in your environment. Heated bird baths will provide a fresh water source year-round, allowing you to attract the most species, simply and economically. Instead of ten different feeders, try a bird bath or two, and enjoy the show!
This funny looking little gadget can have a huge impact for wild birds’ survival during frigid winter months. When most bird baths are rendered useless by freezing temperatures, so are shallow ponds and most small water sources. Water is critical for birds’ survival throughout winter months.
With the Heated Rock Birdbath Deicer, you can turn any bath into a heated birdbath. Provide an oasis for wild birds in tough winter months by fulfilling this critical need for a fresh water source. You’ll be helping to create wildlife friendly habitat for your feathered friends.
Even though some of us may only have limited space for backyard birding activities, there are a few innovative items sure to maximize that small space. Bird baths for example, are a great way to attract more species of wild birds, some who may not even frequent birdhouses or feeders. If you live in an area that sees freezing winter temperatures…heated bird baths make the most sense. Deck mount bird baths are perfect for the tiniest decks and even apartments with balconies.
During frigid winter months, many folks will stop using birdbaths. But what about the birds? Think about it, they still need water to drink and bathe so feathers work properly. When most baths are rendered useless by freezing temps, birds must work harder and fly farther in search of fresh water.
This is why heated baths make more sense, they’re available for birds to use year-round, and with a single purchase, you’ll have a summer time, and critical winter fresh water source for feathered friends!
To get more bang for your buck, heated birdbaths make sense!
A heated bird bath affords year-round use, especially in crucial winter months when water sources for wild birds tend to become scarce and freeze up. Simply by unplugging the cord and tucking it away, you have a bath for spring, summer, and fall seasons too.
The ground birdbath pictured above is heated and features a copper dripper. I’ve had one of these in my yard for about 7 or 8 years now, and it’s still going strong!
By adding moving water to your bird bath through the use of drippers, misters, or bubblers, you can attract even more wild birds. Those who may not visit bird feeders will flock to a fresh water source, and the dripping motion, or spirals from a water wiggler act like a magnet for songbirds. You’ll see a greater variety of wild birds with a fresh water source in your yard, so make it available year-round for your feathered friends.
We don’t usually think of it, but buying “off season” is known to save money. With some of the larger companies, many winter biding items go on sale during summer to make room for new products. If you’re a backyard birding enthusiast, this is a perfect time to invest in higher end wild bird accessories.
Even though it’s summer, heated bird baths can still be used and enjoyed by many birds and their hosts…sans electricity. Just tuck the cord away and you now have a birdbath for year-round use.
Although this idea sounds totally ridiculous while enduring sweltering heat in summer months, it actually makes perfect sense! So why use a heated bird bath in summer? Because you can always unplug, or deactivate the heater during warmer months. This gives the bath total functionality year round.
I never quite understand when I see a bird bath in someone’s yard that has been turned upside down for winter. Do those folks not think birds need fresh water when it’s cold? Absurd! They need it even more, as ponds and other water sources tend to freeze up and disappear. So, if you’re thinking of a new birdbath for your yard, an investment in a heated bird bath is a most practical choice in the long run. Your feathered friends will thank you each and every freezing day!