A Bird Bath in Your Backyard - for The Ideal Bird Garden
A bird bath is one of the easiest ways to attract birds to your garden. Not only will you attract greater numbers of birds if you install a garden bird bath, you'll also attract a greater variety of species.
A very shallow, gradually deepening birdbath that is safe from cats, kept clean, and refreshed frequently with clean water to avoid contamination and mosquitoes can attract many different species of birds.
Mounting the water tray on a pedestal is a common safety measure, providing a clear area around the birdbath - free of hiding locations for predators.
The birdbath will attract more birds if placed where a frightened bird can fly up easily to an overhanging limb or resting place if disturbed or attacked.
The traditional birdbath is made of molded concrete formed in two pieces, the bowl and the pedestal. The bowl has an indentation or socket in the base which allows it to fit over the pedestal. The pedestal is typically about three feet high
You can buy commercial bird baths at most gardening and home improvement stores but they are not that difficult to make and can be made from a large variety of materials readily found in the average home.
The only essential is that your bird bath is a receptacle that can contain clean water.
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Only very low and open
foliage plants should be placed beneath a birdbath in
order to avoid providing a hiding place for a predator.
If you're an
ardent bird watcher, it won't just be for
the bird's comfort that you install a bird
bath in your garden, you'll also be doing it
for your own pleasure.
With that end in mind, you should ensure that you place the bird bath somewhere that allows you to view it from a place of comfort through your window.
Putting a bird bath in your garden following the guidelines above will ensure that you get hours of enjoyment watching all the many and varied species of bird that will be attracted to your garden.