Bird baths are a great way to attract birds to your yard and can be a decorative addition to your landscape.
The number and diversity of birds visiting will increase and they will spend more time in your yard since they don't have to go searching for water elsewhere.
Birds that don't visit your feeders, may come to your water basin. Robins, waxwings, wrens, swallows, bluebirds, other insect or fruit-eating species won't come to your seed feeders, but will appreciate a nice cool drink and bath.
It's safe for birds, plants and animals (but not fish) and easy to use.
One dose every 2 weeks during the summer, then once every four weeks during the rest of the year.
If nothing else, make sure you at least exchange stagnant water out with fresh and remove dirt, debris and algae. Otherwise, the birds are better off without your bird bath if it is not kept clean.
A: Yes, you can spray paint your birdbath. But do not use any spray paints that are oil or petroleum based.
Make sure the bird bath is completely dry before painting. You should apply at least 2 coats, allowing each application to dry before applying another.
Krylon-brand spray paints, among others, are non-toxic when dry. Use a clear coat spray paint as the final coat to act as a sealer.
You basically want an attractive design that blends into the landscape, attracts birds, is easy to install and is sturdy enough to hold up to any weather elements and not be easily knocked over.
Thanks to Dot Morris of Taunton, MA for sending us her hummingbird bird bath video. About the feeder, Dot told us:
"That is a fountain I have in my backyard that bubbles at the top. I have one feeder in the backyard as well and two in the front yard.
We have lots of hummingbirds. This is the first year I have seen them take a bath.
They show up every morning between 5:30 - 6:00am. They take turns one at a time, I know this because I have also seen a female taking her bath.
The other morning I had 5 eating at the same time on a feeder that has 8 holes."
Here are a couple photos Dot sent in of the male on the bird bath and a view of the of the fountain placement.
Bird Bath Heater - To place inside an already existing bird bath as a de-icer to keep water from freezing.
Heated Bird Bath - All-In-One units that can heat the water during the winter months.
Stone Bird Baths - Basin and fountain stone bird bath designs.
Solar Bird Baths - Save money and go green with solar power.
Best Bird Guides to help identify birds that visit your bird baths and feeders.
Cardinal in bird bath photo courtesy of ehpien on Flickr.
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