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Great Birdbath Accessories to Entice Feathered Friends
What happened to the other 3 gift ideas? We were busy getting our own baths and bird habitat ready for the coming polar vortex! Out with the water wigglers and drippers- in with the heaters.
Without a doubt, the easiest way to attract more birds is with fresh water. Even a plant saucer with an inch or two of water near shrubs or a tree line serves friendly fliers and other wildlife well throughout the year. If you have an existing birdbath, or know someone who loves bird watching- it’s easy to understand the sheer joy of seeing birds bathe and wade, or preen and drink from the life-essential offering.
Accessories like misters, fountains or drippers really bring a birdbath to life with the gentle motion of moving water. During the season, hummingbirds can be seen flitting about a moving stream of water. Butterflies adore leaf misters plus gardens grow lush below them. Even songbirds quickly become trained awaiting the start of birdbath action each morning!
You can quickly craft your own simple dripper from a milk jug! Take said plastic 1-gallon milk jug and poke a tiny pin hole in the bottom corner. Use a chain or strong wire to hang the jug above your birdbath. At one small drop every 3 or 4 seconds, the gallon of water will last at least a few days. There will definitely be increased activity that’s well worth the effort… for you and birds alike!
Should you be pondering the perfect holiday gift (without breaking the bank) for the nature lover on your list, a leaf mister or even mister-dripper combo will bring great joy… and for many seasons to come!
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Bring an Ordinary Hanging Bird Bath to Life with Solar
July can be a scorcher for wildlife, especially with recent droughts and above-average temperatures. Natural water sources like puddles, creeks and shallow pools all but disappear during summer heat. Adding fresh water to the garden may prove to be a life saver for birds and other animals whose habitat continues to shrink. Something as simple as a plant saucer filled with water will see winged visitors happily partaking in the essential life source.
Adding bath accessories like leaf misters, water wigglers, or this solar bubbler can bring a pedestal or hanging bird bath to life! Circulating water stays fresher longer and acts as a magnet for birds! They’re totally attracted by the visual of moving water, and the soothing sounds can be a welcomed addition to human ears as well.
No need for the whole set-up either, these battery or solar powered accessories are a la carte! Some even operate from the outdoor spigot. Add them to your existing bath for a whole new dimension in birding. Hummingbirds are especially fond of birdbath fountains, while butterflies covet the gentle spray of leaf misters. Songbirds around our place actually sit and wait for the drppers to start each morning, it’s looks like a bird spa!
Consider one of many “moving water” accessories this summer and see which new visitors show up at your place. Especially during spring and fall migrations, you may be quite surprised!
Bird Bath Donation Request
After reading the contact form notification, Google was used to verify the address and get a look at the nursing home. Kevin even said to call the home and gave the phone number. At first I thought Kevin was an employee, but after actually speaking realized he was one of the residents at St. Francis.
Here’s the actual request:
Message / Comments / Questions
HI, MY NAME IS KEVIN G. I AM LIVING IN A NURSE HOME. CALL ST FRANCES.ADDRESS 417 INDUSTRIAL DR OBERLIN LA 70655.I AM ASKING YOULL FOR HELP PLEASE. LIKE A DONATION OF ONE BIRD BATH. PLEASE.THIS WILL MAKE THESE OLD PEOPLE HERE VERY HAPPY.
Look at the image, it’s called a nursing home, how sad is that? I’d imagine residents have little to no family, and the ones who do-likely don’t see them too often. A friend had started a program a while back called “birds for brains”. It was a wonderful (but short-lived I think) endeavor where a we, and a few other retailers donated bird feeders, and local feed & seed stores donated seed. The neighboring boy scout troops maintained these feeders at several nursing homes. The interaction among residents just watching the birds was delightful. It gave them something engaging to do and brought smiles to their faces.
Back in the day, kevin likely had his own yard filled with sweet birds. We’ll definitely oblige and send along a hanging bird bath for Kevin and the other residents… and for the birds. A feeder probably wouldn’t do much good as funds are limited for this group of old souls and seed costs money. At least water’s free and it is a great way to entice some feathered friends.
And by chance if anyone in the birding industry happens to catch this post, please consider something to entice wild birds for the residents of St. Francis, even a bench or chairs to sit outside and watch them. The guy’s for real, as is the address above and the place. Especially with Thanksgiving upon us, how can you not be thankful for what you have by giving to others?