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August 2010


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Attract Birds to Your Garden with a Bird bath!


The most important feature to add to your garden to attract birds is water.  If you already are feeding our feather friends you have a large variety of birds already in your yard. Not all birds are seed eaters, so they are not drawn to bird feeders. All birds do need fresh water, whether to drink or bathe and even socialize with other birds. Offering fresh, clean water to birds is the number one method you can use to bring them into your yard. Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a bird bath.

  • Shallow Water. Birds prefer to ease their way into the water!  The center should be no more than three inches and it should be shallower on the edges.  If the water is to deep the bird bath will not be used by the smaller birds.
  • Moving Water. To attract different types of birds you should provide moving water.  The sound as well as the water will attract the birds.
  • Bumpy Bottoms. Birds prefer a nonskid surface to help them keep their footing. If your bird bath has a smooth, slippery bottom, birds will be unlikely to hang around.
  • Placement is Essential. Place your birdbath near hanging tree branches.  This will give the birds a place to jump to when done bathing. They will love this, and these branches offer a quick-escape route should they need one.

There are many styles of bird baths to choose from, the most common are the pedestal, heated, fountain, hanging and deck mounted. The style you choose will depend on the type of birds you want to attract and the overall look and feel you want to add to your garden.

·        Pedestals. Place the pedestal bird bath in your garden as a focal point.  Birds love color,  when placed in the right location in your garden the flowers will attract the birds to your bird bath.    The styles range from simple traditional to extravagant.  These are the most common on the market today available in all shapes and sizes. To keep the birds safe while they bath the pedestal bird bath should be placed a minimum of 5 feet from bushes and shrubs.

·         Heated. If you live in a colder climate or wish to provide fresh water all year round a heated bird bath is right for you.  Birds need fresh water all year round.

·         Solar Powered. When placed in the sun the solar panel will keep the water circulating.

·         Fountains. Running water attracts birds consider choosing a bird bath that doubles as a fountain.  Depending on the style of your home and garden consider a multi tiered fountain.  Many birds can bath at once.  The flowing water creates a relaxing atmosphere for both you and the birds that stop by to bathe.

·         Hanging. If you have limited space in your garden consider a hanging bird bath. If you have a small patio this space saver may be right for you.

·         Deck Mount. Set a deck mounted bird bath right outside your window so you can enjoy the bath antics of your featured friends.

Birds perform a very valuable service in helping to keep to keep the insect population under control.  What better way to say thank you than providing them with fresh water, maybe a little shelter and some food.



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