This Winter, Provide Water For The Birds
Even the most novice bird watcher places a bird feeder out in winter, what strikes me, is the number of experienced bird watchers who do not provide water for the birds during winter.
The energy expanded looking for a fresh water source could be better used for staying well and surviving the winter.
All wildlife needs water, Summer and Winter.
Birds, like humans, need water all year. By investing in a heated bird bath or by adding a bird bath heater to your existing bird bath, you'll be providing the greatest resource birds need in order to survive.
Bird bath heaters are usually available wherever bird feeding supplies are offered. Check local hardware stores and large discount stores.
Heated bird baths are most commonly found on-line. These are complete bird baths with the heater built into the bath. Plug in during winter and unplug during summer. A simple effective way to provide water for birds year around.
When using either of these types, make sure your power source is safe. If you are unsure, hire an electrician to check it out or, if needed, to install a GFCI outlet on the outside of your home.
Both types (bath heater, heated bird bath) are completely safe, providing your electrical supply is properly installed.
Place your heated bird bath near your feeders for easier viewing.
Even birds that don't normally visit your feeders will visit your bird bath.
Also, when placing your bath, make sure cover is provided for the birds. Water on the feathers make birds easy targets for prey.
However, do not place the bird bath too close to cover, otherwise cats can hide and attack the birds more easily. A few yards from shrubs or trees will be adequate.
My personal preference of bird bath types is the pedestal style. These give the birds more security by being 2 or more feet above ground. This height allows birds to view their surroundings and any would be predators. Whatever your preference, a bird bath heater can be used.
By providing water for birds this winter, you'll not only be providing a service to our winter birds, but you'll have greater diversity and more birds to enjoy watching.
Isn't that what makes bird watching so much fun?
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