Water is a Key Element in Your Backyard Habitat!
Birds need water all year and sometimes fresh, clean water is hard for a bird to find. You can attract the greatest variety of birds to your yard by providing a source of water along with your feeders. Not all birds eat from your feeders, but all birds need water.
Here are a few things to consider:
Adding a water feature provides a key element in providing a backyard habitat for your birds.
- Place your birdbath 10-12 feet away from shrubs to help keep the birds safer from predators.
- When placed in the shade algae doesn’t grow as fast and keeps the water cooler.
- Birds don’t like deep water, but birds come in many sizes, so add rocks to the bath so that a variety of birds can enjoy it!
- While there are many products available to clean birdbaths, use only a scrub brush and water. If mold or stains are a problem, a bleach solution of ten parts water to one part bleach can be used to clean the birdbath.
- Birds find moving water irresistible. Add a dripper, mister, or water wiggler, and watch the birds go nuts!
Drip or Mist?
When most people think of providing water to birds, they think of a birdbath. Birds are attracted to the sound of moving water. Attaching a dripper or mister to your birdbath provides a source of moving water that backyard birds find irresistible! Many birds such as chickadees, finches, and titmice will land on the dripper spout and creep down to the end and lean over to take a drink!