A solar powered bird bath is a simple solution for keeping your wild birds happy all year-round.
Having a beneficial source of water along with food (bird feeders) and shelter, will keep wild birds coming to your yard all year around.
There are several different solar powered bird baths available on the market today. Most of them blend a traditional bird bath with a fountain.
A solar powered pump keeps the water running through the bird bath.
This is a great idea since keeping the water in motion eliminates stagnation, which could attract mosquitoes and other uninvited creatures into your backyard.
Another type of solar powered bird bath uses solar power to run a light that turns on when it is dark, creating a wonderful garden accent.
It takes a little more effort to locate a solar powered bird bath heater, but it is possible to find models that use solar power to keep water from freezing in the winter.
Some reports indicate that aiding wild birds through the winter with a steady supply of food and water can increase their chances of survival, so it's worth the effort to put out a solar heated bird bath if you live in a cold climate.
There are two basic ways for a solar powered bird bath to be set up.
The solar panels may be incorporated into the bird bath itself, or they are separate from the bath, but connected to it.
The type of bird bath you choose will determine its placement in your yard. An integrated solar panel bird bath will have to be located in the sun, while a bird bath with separate panels may be positioned in shade, as long as the panels are in the sunlight.
When shopping for a solar powered bird bath, you will discover that several of the fountain models may be used year-round, even if they don't have a heater built into them.
Check with the company you are purchasing the fountain from to be sure it is safe to use the fountain year round where you live.
Investing the time to locate a solar powered solution will pay off for you in the long-run.
You will have an attractive bird bath that can be in use all year around without ugly cords, by just using the power of the sun.
You will not be contributing to the world's energy problems and you will be attracting birds to your yard through the cold months, ensuring their survival to produce even more lovely wild birds next year.
Choosing a solar powered bird bath is also a great way to educate your children about environmental responsibility, and it gives you more freedom as to where your bird bath will be placed in your yard when you do not have to be concerned with a cord.
If you can't find a solar powered bird bath heater, you can add an electric bird bath heater to almost any bird bath.
These heaters attach to your home's power and keep the water in the bird bath from freezing.
There are dangerous drawbacks to using electric heat to warm your bird bath.
Jan 11, 17 10:20 AM
Woke up yesterday morning to find a group of about a dozen of these large-breasted birds with proportionately small heads and a long tail. Suburban Southern
Dec 31, 16 08:25 PM
I live near Albany, New York and I was wondering why these past 2 years we haven't seen any cardinals. Is it because the winters have been to mild. The
Dec 31, 16 08:23 PM
We have lived in this home for 12 years and have had a pair of Pileateds coming to our feeders every year all winter long. They are here all year round.