Could it be… the red neck version of a solar bird bath? Maybe so, but we’re betting birds can’t tell the difference and won’t mind one bit!
Because fresh water is the best (and easiest) way to attract feathered friends, just about any vessel, bowl, container or bird bath works- provided the water is fresh and not too deep. Yes, even a frying pan!
A major misconception that’s actually dangerous for birds, is birdbaths that are too deep. There’s a good reason birds use shallow puddles to bathe as water should be no more than about 2 inches deep. No need to fill your bird bath to the top, it makes a scary encounter for birds, especially juveniles in spring and summer.
And if there were ever a few good reasons to keep bird bath water moving, think Zika, West Nile or EEE (that’s Eastern equine encephalitis) which are all mosquito-borne viruses.
Solar bird baths absolutely rock for feathered friends as moving water acts as a visual magnet to entice them for bathing. Water stays fresher and nasty mosquitoes are unable to lay their eggs.
Speaking of rock (or rocks), placing a few stones or large rock in your birdbath helps birds with safer footing. Possibly even a lifesaver, the stones or rocks may prevent a drowning incident should water be too deep.
Solar fountain pumps are available separately and allow you to add them to an existing bird bath. They create a whole new dimension for backyard birding that delights birds and hosts as well! Shown above is the one-piece unit which sits completely in the bird bath. Note that panels must be in full sun to operate, only the pump beneath solar panel needs to be submerged.
Another option is the separate solar panel (with 10 ft. cord) which allows the bath to be shaded while the panel is placed in sun. We prefer this as bath water is much more refreshing when cool, but the possibilities depend on your own set-up.
Lots of options besides solar fountains exist for offering birds some moving water; leaf misters, rock waterfalls & bubblers, and drippers provide the same. Some operate via outdoor spigot, while others run on electricity.
Whatever water feature you may opt for, we can promise the birds will love it… even if it happens to be a a red neck version solar bath in a frying pan!
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!
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!
Even the smallest yard can yield colorful wild bird activity… and without ever filling a feeder. Water is the simplest way to attract birds, and moving water really grabs their attention! A simple plant saucer filled with water will see lots of activity, provided the water stays fresh. For the deck, patio or apartment balcony, various brackets and hooks will accommodate hanging baths or feeders.
This solar hanging bird bath is the perfect option for enticing feathered friends to just about any space. The only caveat is the fountain must be in full sun for the panel to operate. Since there are no cords or wires, energy is not stored – but real time so to speak. Not only song birds, but butterflies and hummingbirds also adore moving water, and are drawn to it like a magnet.
If you’re new the backyard birding thing… think water! Any shallow pan or bowl will do, but not too deep. An optimal depth for birds to bathe and wade comfortably is about two to three inches. If the water is any deeper, consider placing a large rock in the center for birds to land and perch. Texture helps too, as birds are able to get better footing on something that’s not too slick.
Want to find that really special gift for the nature fanatic on your list? Look no further than this solar hanging bird bath. Because fresh water in the landscape is the best way to attract birds, if that water happens to move it’s even better! Like a visual magnet, birds are drawn to moving water, even the ones who may not visit feeders, or use nest boxes. Baths are relatively easy to care for, and don’t cost money to fill like feeders.
They’re great for small spaces, even on the deck, patio, or porch. There’s lots of installation options too, with innovative deck brackets, hooks and hangers. The no-rust, copper bronze finish is nice, and this hanging bird bath is plenty deep enough to accommodate a heater in winter.
And if you think bird baths need to be large to lure birds… think again! This past summer we had birds actually drinking from ant moats – despite the nine birdbaths scattered around the yard!
For a very economical (so practical yet still attractive) choice, check out this stained glass & copper mini-hanging bath/feeder. It comes in six fun designs, and the pretty glass dish is perfect for offering a variety of treats; from seed mixes, suet and nuggets, to peanuts, and fruit in summer, even mealworms if one’s so inclined! And of course plain old fresh water will absolutely entice feathered friends!
This one’s already on sale, and with the super secret, special holiday promo code, you can nab an additional 10% off. So if you’re still stumped for a perfect birding gift… jot down promo code MC10 and head over to our hanging bird bath section!