There are numerous ways to attract more species than with houses and food.
Investing in a quality bird bath is one of the best ways to attract more feathered friends to your yard. A fresh water source serves many who may not ever use a birdhouse, or perch at a feeder. In the heat of summer with severe droughts, and in frigid snowy winter months, birds need water to survive. Not only for drinking, but bathing keeps feathers clean, preened and working right!
The choices can be overwhelming, and the absolute best birdbath is the one you will maintain for your birds to use. Sound silly? Not at all….heavy concrete baths look nice, I have one in my yard. But the bowl sure is awkward and heavy to dump old water. I have to brace it against my leg to do so. Also, the porous surface makes it a little harder to keep clean. Glass baths are nice, not too heavy, and very easy to clean.
If adding a splash of color to the yard or garden is a concern, ceramic bird baths are the way to go. Vibrant colors in every possible style of birdbath are out there. Be it hanging, pedestal, or a ground birdbath, ceramics bring a bit of functional art to any environment. Two useful features of ceramic bird baths are these: they help keep water cooler during high temperatures, and they have the ability to withstand a bath heater in winter. All in all, they make an excellent choice for a new backyard birding accessory, as well as a great gift for any occasion. A gift that gets used everyday, lasts a lifetime, and gives back to nature is sure to bring joy to the recipient…with no worries of re-gifting!
Moving water in a bird bath will make a huge difference in the numbers and species who frequent it. In fact, a fresh water source is one of the best ways to attract more birds. This is because all species of wild birds do not use birdhouses and bird feeders.
So if water is the best way to attract them…moving water is even better! Like a visual magnet to birds, the gentle ripples of a water wiggler, or the slow, dripping from a copper tube commands their attention and keeps them coming back. The difference is really hard to believe until you’ve tried it! Whether you have a ground bath, deck-mount model, tall ceramic bird bath, or the new hanging baths with built in misters, moving water is definitely where the action is.
Bird baths are one of the most effective ways to attract more feathered friends to your yard.
They may not use bird feeders, and many are non-cavity dwelling species (they won’t use birdhouses), but you can bet these birds WILL visit a fresh water source! Especially in winter, when many natural, shallow water sources have frozen over, birdbaths prove to be life savers for many wild birds.
With ceramic bird baths, there is the capacity to withstand a heater or de-icer. This makes perfect sense for keeping your bath available year-round for birds. I’ve just never understood why folks empty and turn baths upside down for winter? The need is so great this time of year. When ceramics are glazed, they tend to keep water cooler in summer’s heat too.
There are several heaters available that are safe for all birdbaths now, so there’s never any worries of damage or melting. Ceramic bird baths are available in every style and color imaginable. Hanging, pedestal, or even deck-mount (with the use of a special bracket) will all be visited and appreciated by your birds! Even a plain ceramic saucer on the ground, or a tree stump makes for a great birdbath when maintained with fresh water….Just add water and see the difference!