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It’s HOT out!  Adding A Little Water Will Make Your Yard Irresistible To Birds
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016 by eNature

Because many birds do not eat seeds, suet or sugar water, there is another way to draw them in from the natural cover for close-up viewing.

Water.

In various forms, water will attract the insect- and worm-eating birds that would not otherwise be drawn to your yard.

And water is even more appealing to birds (and other wildlife) during hot, dry spells such as the one that much of the U.S. is experiencing.

You Can Keep It Simple…
The simplest and least expensive way to provide water for birds is in a ceramic or metal birdbath mounted on a pedestal.

As long as the water is clean, and changed frequently, birds will respond. The presence of water, the third essential to bird life in a backyard habit, will attract birds that would not otherwise be seen. In spring and summer, when the neotropical species are in the North, birds such as flycatchers, wrens, robins, vireos, thrushes and even owls will readily come to water, but not to feeders.

Or Get A Little Fancy…
A better solution may be to set up a birdbath with moving water that is pumped from one level to another. The sound and motion of water is a great attractant for birds and will draw them in from some distance to drink and bathe.

The ideal water area for birds is a recirculating, multi-tiered pool in which an electric pump moves the water to the uppermost level, which allows it to flow back to the lowest level, and then back again to the top. As long as there are many shallow areas, no more than a couple of inches deep, the birds will use all the levels of water as it flows from one to another. There have been times when as many as 13 American robins or 10 cedar waxwings have used such a bird bath at one time.

Water is not only essential to the survival of birds, but its presence in a backyard habitat will guarantee the attractions of a whole different spectrum of bird species.

Have you had success attracting birds with a bird bath or other water feature in your yard?  We always enjoy hearing your stories.

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Posted by nimesh on 7/23

We have had 2 fountains for years. One is in the rear of our yard and the other is on the patio, It’s always impressive to see the birds come right up to the patio fountain while we are out there. Both are three tier fountains and it is fun to watch the different birds use the three levels. Some like to get all the way in and bathe.

Posted by Gene on 7/23

This is a good article, but short on practical help.  Now that my old pump has died,  I am having trouble locating simple pool and pump supplies for a simple water feature.  Can anyone offer help, please?

Posted by Bob Reed on 7/24

I recently purchased a new pump for one of my fountains. I got mine at Menards. They had a number of sizes to choose from.

Posted by Gene on 7/25

Pumps may be available at a Lowes or Home Depot, that’s where I got mine. I have 2 bird baths in my yard, one under a Japanese maple and the other by some Arborvite and shrubs. There are always birds there, very entertaining! Next to one of the bird baths is a very large rock with a decent indentation which I also keep filled and chipmunks, squirrels and the birds use. Sometimes they are all there or waiting in the maple tree.

Posted by Suzanne on 7/30

It’s such fun to watch many species bathing and drinking together.
An important additional point:  Birds defecate in the bath water so cleaning is important.  I use a vinegar and water solution and scrub out often in my stone bath.

Posted by Ginger on 8/1

I have a couple of concrete pedestal birdbaths, one small and shallow for the little guys like wrens, the other larger and a little deeper for cardinal-sized visitors. The most popular is a large plant saucer that I’ve placed under a bush out of the sun. I propped a big rock on the edge that extends into the water. The smaller birds use the rock. I have a family of brown thrashers that treat every day like it was Saturday night.

Posted by Lallie Hayes on 8/1
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