The inviting sound of trickling water that is provided by a fountain design, lets birds know that the water is fresh and safe to drink.
Advantages of Bird Baths
Bird bath fountains are natural and will attract a wide variety of birds to your backyard - like bluebirds, warblers and bobwhites - all of which enjoy moving water. You'll love watching your backyard birds as they play, splash, bath and drink.
Bird baths also make great water accents for your garden, adding a decorative touch, but also the therapeutic and peaceful sound of running water.
Why a Fountain Bird Bath?
Birds instinctively listen for the sound of water, making a point of seeking out bubbling or running water. And while a standard bird bath will eventually attract regular visitors, a fountain-style bath will draw migrant birds that are simply passing through the area.
Depending on the season, your backyard will fill with robins and doves and waxwings as they pass through on their migratory paths. In short, the running water will actually attract the birds, rather than simply waiting for them to happen upon your yard attraction.
Maintain a Shallow Water Level
Most birds aren't long-distance swimmers and they prefer a shallow level of water, no higher than an inch. So, keep the water level in your fountain low and place a few rocks around and inside the fountain to act as footing for smaller birds.
Install a Bath Mat
Just as we don't like stepping into a slippery bath tub, birds are hesitant about slippery surfaces like glass tile or glazed pottery, no matter how beautiful it is. Instead of spending the money, opt for a grip-safe fountain surface like concrete or sandstone.
Stay Low to the Ground
In nature, you won't find natural water at waist height, unless it's falling over a cliff. Water pools at ground level, and that's the first place birds will look for it. So, keep your bird bath close to the ground and surrounded by natural elements such as shrubbery.
The Best Fountain Designs
One of the best designs for bird bath fountains is a dual basin set-up. With two tiers of basins set on the ground, a small pump keeps water flowing from the top basin into the lower one. The running water attracts the birds while the low-to-the-ground style keeps them interested. Dress it up with a few plants and some well-placed stones, and then sprinkle some seed on the ground - you'll soon have a backyard bird oasis.
The ability to attract beautiful birds to your yard is both gratifying and aesthetically enjoyable to bird lovers all around the world. Just watching them taking in a drink in your fountain or slashing themselves with the refreshing water you provided is a sight to behold.
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Article Added on Monday, October 20, 2008
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