The idea of having birds in our backyards and backgardens is something that a lot of people would love and some homeowners go to great rounds to make this possible. It’s nice to watch them feed and flutter about as they go about their daily quests to either feed or wash themselves. Not a lot is known as to why birds love to splash and frolic about in water, but we must assume and surmise that it is for hygienic purposes to a lesser degree and more importantly to cool down, especially during the hot weather. Wildbirds will find a water source at will and if we have this facility in our backgardens, they will find it Attracting birds to our backgardens with a bird bath is a great idea and if we go to the trouble of this exercise, we will be pleasently surprised by the frequency this station will be used.
Despite what people think and say that its only a handful of birds wash themselves, the fact is that nearly all species of birds need a bath from time to time and do so at least once a week. Larger birds will source out a river or lake for this exercise and unless we were observing them on a regular basis, we would not be aware of this fact. Having birdbaths in our backyard will definitely attract a lot of the well known species like house sparrows, jays, robins, blackbirds, finches, blue tits, hummingbirds, cardinals and so on. The placement and positioning of a bird bath is also very important and critical for this exercise.
How to attract birds with a bird bath;
There are many methods with which we can accomplish this task and indeed we can, with a bit of creativity, invent and design our own ideas for these waterers. Birdbaths come in many shapes and sizes, there are some very interesting designs and makes with which we can choose from and like everything else, the price can vary a little also. These devises can be purchased online, they are available at most garden centres and also at all hardware outlets or stockists. If we have a feeding station in our back yards, this is another great method of attracting wild birds to our homes. We covered this topic in an earlier post which can be read here. So its about having a combination of facilities and a measure of goodwill, that will attract these wild birds to our gardens.
Types of bird baths;
The most common type of a bird bath that we will see in our stockists are those made from concrete or hewed from solid stone. These receptacles are strong, sturdy, robust and well made to withstand all of the elements. Depending on where we live, these bird baths will have to withstand extreme heat and also extreme cold. So it’s important that we look at how enduring these are before we buy them. There are other types that are made from plastic, ceramic, cast iron or metal and these are also readibly suitable for this purpose. The important issue with these waterers is, regardless of what they are made from, we need to ensure that there is sufficient water for the birds to drink or wash and also that the water is clean and usable. Prices for these birdbaths range from as low as $25 for a basic model all the way upwards of $200 for a top of the range, solid stone, ornamental decorative type bath.
Where to locate the bird baths;
There are several places that we could locate these birdbaths and common sense would suggest, where not to place these. We could locate these under a tree or big shrub, but there is a danger that the birds could be predated upon, by cats or larger birds. Birders often locate these out in the middle of a lawn for a number of purposes. The reasons for this placement in the lawn are, birds could see a cat approaching and would be able to make their escape, a nice attractive stone bird bath would make a standout feature in our gardens and finally if we can position this bath in such a way, so as that we could see this from our sitting or living rooms, then that is where we could really enjoy watching these creatures splashing about. These, being part of the reasons why we would have set these up in the first place and our objective would have become much more enjoyable, as a result.
These bird baths are often located in the centre of our flower gardens, the reason being if any great amount of splashing and frolicking about is taking place, then the water don’t go to waste, as it goes to watering the flowers. Another issue worth mentioning is that if these are in an open windy location, we need to ensure that they are firmly entrenched in the groundand don’t get blown over rather easily. Often a large stone or rock is placed in the centre of these baths for the enjoyment of the birds, as they like to dive in and out of the water.
Is hygiene an issue;
Yes, absolutely, hygiene is a big issue when dealing with these waterers, both for ourselves and the wild birds. Its important that these baths get cleaned out and washed down every now and again. Wild birds are wild, first and foremost and can carry all sorts of threats or risks to our own health. All types of insects may use this facility and who knows what sorts of threats they may carry. So as we would be handling or cleaning these ourselves, we can see from the aforementioned that it is paramount that we observe and take good care when dealing with these bird bathers.
In this detailed overview of how to attract birds with a birdbath, we can see how easy it is to set these up and have them functioning for the birds and not forgetting our enjoyment and pleasure. If you would like to get in touch with us here at buildingraisedbeds.com, please feel free to contact us via, the comments box down below.
Happy birding and gardening,
Cheers Phil Browne.