Use Birdbath Fountains and Create a Backyard Spa for the Birds

Birdbath fountains can make your backyard bird baths more attractive to the wild birds around you. Many birds look for water before they look for food sources.

However, when flying through in their search, a lot of birds will overlook a water source that lacks the sound or movement of running water. Whether you have a standing bird bath, a pond, or a variety of bird baths dispersed throughout your bird sanctuary, they should contain moving water.

If you have several water sources in your backyard habitat, you should employ a few different types of birdbath fountains. Different species of birds prefer different styles of water sources.

Typically you should have at least one constantly running birdbath fountain, a water drip, a fountain mister, and water wiggler. A birdbath water fountain that runs at a constant flow will attract birds such as:

  • blue jays
  • mourning doves
  • robins
  • chickadees
  • nuthatches
  • wild turkeys

This type of fountain bird bath runs from the exterior tap source to the fountain and most can be adjusted to run at different heights.

A bird bath dripper is attractive to birds such as warblers who like the sound of the drip meeting the still water. A bird bath dripper is usually placed in a standing bird bath and is a hook shaped metal device (usually copper) that releases the water in drips at a preset rate. This device is useful during migration and can be seen by passing birds.

Bird baths that contain a fountain mister are attractive to hummingbirds that prefer to bathe and drink in mid air without landing. The fountain mist produces a fine spray for the birds to fly through to clean their feathers. This type of device is usually used in a standing bird bath or even in the center of a pond.

Water wigglers installed in bird baths create a rippling movement in the water that can be seen by birds from the air. The passing birds can identify the water source immediately and will stop for a drink and to investigate the rest of your backyard bird habitat. The water wiggler also keeps the water from getting stagnant and ridden with mosquitoes.

There also have been instances where birds will be attracted to a dripping water hose that you use to water your bird garden. While keeping it on all the time could waste resources, you could opt just to turn it on infrequently and rely mostly on your bird bath fountains and drippers. Lawn sprinklers also act as a similar attraction for birds.

Birdbath Fountains Can Be Used in the Winter too

Bird bath fountains are also essential if you live in a cold climate because they help to keep the water in the bird baths from freezing. If the climate is cold enough, you will, of course, have to supplement your bird bath water fountains with a bird bath heater and thermostat.

Supplying running water to birds in a cold climate is essential to their survival. Without your help, the birds have to expend energy to thaw the snow for drinking. They also need enough water to bathe because their feathers must remain in good condition for proper insulation during the cold months.

By installing bird bath fountains in your backyard habitat, you will also enjoy the soothing sound of running water. You will also reduce the mosquito populations in your bird baths because mosquitoes prefer stagnant water to running water. In our yard we have a variety of birdbath fountains and the investment is well worth the effort because of all the birds that are attracted to running water. Therefore, your chance of attracting a wider variety of bird species will significantly increase by employing birdbath fountains in your standing bird bath, pond or any natural water source present on the property. 

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