Birds need water to drink as well as food
to eat. In many cases, a birdbath or pool
can attract a greater variety of birds than
Where you locate your bird bath
Some fast fliers, like swifts
dip into water while flying.
They need a
pool of water in open terrain.
like thrushes and towhees, are
coming into the open, and prefer
to vegetation in which they can
Most birds that visit gardens
prefer a water
source between these extremes:
from vegetation to prevent a
yet close enough to offer refuge.
will perch in a nearby tree,
then come to
the water source after determining
The edges of the basin should
and should be at least 12 inches
(the ideal diameter is 24 to
36 inches, which
should encourage communal bathing,
any bath or pool under 18 inches
attracts only one bird at a time).
means, avoid moving, shiny parts
The classic style bird bath is
a basin on
a pedestal that is about 3 feet
sure that the basin is firmly
the pedestal. Other birdbaths
to hang by chains from a balcony,
wall bracket. Some small ones
attach to a
window with suction cups. Others
dishes that you lay on the ground,
If your birdbath is also a lawn
be sure to choose the right material:
- Avoid terra cotta or ceramic if you have
cold winters. It tends to crack.
- Concrete is more resistant to freezing and
cracking than plain cement and the texture
of concrete gives birds a good foothold.
- Plastic and metal are lightweight, durable
and unaffected by cold, but they must be
textured to give the birds a firm grip; also,
painted metal chips, flakes, and needs repainting.
- Wood is difficult to clean and has a shorter
useful life than other materials; however,
birds really like wood and it can have a
very appealing look.
Creating a small garden pool is another option.
Set the basin of a concrete birdbath in the
soil, or a plastic or fiberglass pool.
Since the sound of gently moving
very attractive to birds, hang
hose or a bucket with a hole
in it above
a birdbath. Mists and fine sprays
birds, and fountains and simple
are other decorative elements