Birds and other wildlife need a continuous supply of fresh, clean water for both drinking and bathing. Offering water can dramatically increase the number of birds that visit, including species that don’t visit feeders. Here are a few tips to help you be successful selecting and maintaining your new birdbath . . . .
THE NOISIER, THE BETTER The sound of moving water will draw in even more birds including canopy-dwelling species and migrants that might not otherwise find you. You can mimic the sound of a natural spring or stream by adding a mister, dripper, or fountain to your birdbath.
Placement – Ideally your bath should be placed near a tree with overhanging branches so birds will have a place to perch and preen after bathing. It’s best to place your bath away from dense shrubbery, where there is no
opportunity for cats or other predators to hide and surprise bathing birds.
Cleaning Your Birdbath – Empty and refill your birdbath frequently to keep the water fresh. If moss and algae buildup trouble you, we carry enzymatic products that are preferable to chemical cleaners. Simply brushing out
the bath with a stiff bristled brush will help keep it clean.
BIRDBATH ACCESSORIES Moving water increases the attractiveness of your birdbath, and foils mosquitoes! They only breed in stagnant water. The following are some some accessories that can help you create more interest in your birdbath as you stop mosquitoes from breeding . . .
• Connects to outdoor faucet to refresh birdbath water
• Requires no electricity
• Shares your faucet with a garden hose by use of a Y-valve connector
• 25 – 50 feet of ¼” tubing is easy to bury or hide
• Hummingbirds like misters!
• Recirculates birdbath water
• Solar pumps require no electrical hookup
• Small battery-operated device creates ripples in water
• Winter can be a time of drought for birds. A small, electrical de-icer helps you offer water year-round and protects your birdbath from freeze damage.