Adding misters, fountains or drippers to a bird bath really brings it to life with the gentle motion of moving water. In summer, hummingbirds enjoy bathing and playing in a stream of water. Butterflies are attracted to leaf misters plus gardens below benefit from the gentle mist. And songbirds actually become trained like clockwork waiting for the start of action each morning!
You can make your own bath dripper from a simple milk jug! Take said plastic 1-gallon milk jug and pierce a tiny pin hole in the bottom corner. Use a chain or heavy wire to hang the jug above your birdbath, either from a strong branch or shepherd’s hook. At one small drop every 3 or 4 seconds, the gallon of water will last at least a few days (sorry we’re not mathematicians). There will definitely be increased activity that’s well worth the effort… for you and the birds.
During frigid temperatures, natural water sources (like ponds and puddles) tend to freeze, and wild birds have become accustomed/dependent on these spots. Sure, they can eat snow, but it takes energy which equals precious calories to convert the fluff to liquid. These are lost calories that would’ve otherwise helped maintain body heat overnight. Offering an open water source when there’s snow on the ground will absolutely be another hot spot in the garden (no pun intended). Today’s heaters are safe for all baths, they’re better quality, and many come with manufacturer’s warranties.
Should you be pondering an awesome holiday gift (that actually lasts a long time) for the nature lover on your list, a leaf mister, birdbath dripper or even a bath heater promises to bring great joy to the recipient… and their feathered friends!
Written by: The Birdhouse Chick
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