Solar bird baths are a great alternative to standard electric bird baths or the simple you-fill, standing water bird baths. They save electricity which is good for the environment and your wallet and provide clean, running water that attracts more birds. Below are some favorite bird baths and fountains among bird watchers.
The only disadvantages of a solar vs. an electric powered bath or fountain is that it requires direct sunlight and may not be as powerful, however it is less noisy, more peaceful and for those reasons is preferred. For those of you who live in not so sunny climes i.e., Seattle, there are solar bird baths that have both solar and electric options so on cloudy days, you can just have it plugged in if there isn't enough sunlight to power it...See the Wishing Well Bath below.
A solar powered panel that either is placed inside the basin of the bird bath or a panel that lays just outside the baths collects solar energy from the sun during the day. That energy will power the pump to keep the bird bath water circulated. Some solar powered bird baths can be damaged by cold weather, so during the winter months you may need to remove the solar insert and/or use it in conjunction with a bird bath heater that keeps the water and unit warm. Again, on cloudy days, there are those units that also feature an electric option for plug-in power like the one featured below.
The Wishing Well Solar Water Fountain is a nice choice because you have the electric option on cloudy days.
"I have had several other solar fountains and have found this one the best thus far. I love the feature that allows the motor to switch back and forth from electricity to solar when the sun is obscured. Trickling sounds is very nice and attracts plenty of birds. I am thinking of getting a second one to go in my front flower bed, also. Easy to assemble and easy to clean. Definitely a great value." -Loaves
Alternatively, you can use an existing bird bath - or really any type of basin - and convert it into a solar bird bath fountain by just using an inexpensive ($15-$40) solar panel and pump kit. Watch the video below for this DIY option.
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