Bird Baths are a wonderful way to view birds in your backyard. A fresh water source will attract more species of birds than bird feeders or birdhouses alone. Water also helps create critical pockets of wildlife-friendly habitat where urban sprawl has taken over the natural landscape.
You can make your own bird bath rather quickly and inexpensively should you be feeling a little “crafty”. This great article from Birds and Blooms Magazine explains clearly and simply how to make a mosaic bird bath. With all materials listed, it gives concise, step-by-step directions for creating your own masterpiece. And not artwork to just lay around the house, but something to be used and enjoyed over the years by many feathered friends!
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For whimsical designs and vibrant colors, nothing beats the artful designs displayed in mosaic bird baths. With rich hues that are available in many combinations, the choices are endless! Mosaic tiles are durable enough to withstand a birdbath heater in winter, and will not fade or discolor is summer heat. Glazed tiles also help to keep bath water cooler in sweltering summer temperatures.
A pedestal bird bath creates a wonderful focal point in any yard, plus a fresh water source is the most effective way to attract more birds and keep them coming back. Creating a bird-friendly habitat is really quite simple by providing food, water and shelter. Bird houses, bird feeders and bird baths used together will ensure a greater variety of songbirds visiting your yard!
Clean Feathers Fly Better!
Wild birds require a consistent fresh water source (year round) to properly preen feathers for optimal flight conditions. Some bird baths are actually too deep for birds to bathe and wade comfortably. The maximum depth of bath water should be no more than 3 inches. The mosaic bird bath above, is shallow and perfect for feathered friends to drink and bathe. If your bath has a deeper center, consider placing a large rock in it so birds can perch.
In warmer weather, water tends to stay cooler and fresher longer if the bath is placed in the shade. In freezing winter months, place baths in full sun if possible. Mosaic, ceramic, copper, and glass birdbaths also have the capacity to hold a birdbath heater during frigid weather, a life saver for many birds during tough winter months.