A fresh and clean birdbath tends to attract birds that will not flock on your feeders or those that are not interested in birdhouses. However, the birdbath will not do any good if you do not put it in the right place. Also, poor placement is not only dangerous to birds but makes your yard unappealing.
Right now, chances are you're wondering how poor bird bath placement hurts the birds. Well, putting a birdbath under a feeder or near a tree that constantly sheds its leaves with soon have it filled with debris and dirt that will result in bacteria and mold.
This ultimately results in diseases. Bird baths that are positioned near windows can also cause collisions which can seriously injure birds. You also don't want to put the bath near bird predators.
Luckily, picking a place to put your birdbath is an easy job. In this read, we are going to give you tips on birdbath placement to help avoid those unnecessary hazards and make your yard a bird-friendly and appealing place.
Landscapes, gardens or yards are never the same and so, it can be hard to decide the best area to place a bird bath. However, by considering the following elements, you can easily figure out the layout and pick an ideal position.
The local climate plus seasonal changes will play a big role in the placement of a bird birth. In the northern regions, a sunny spot is the best as it keeps the water warm during cool days and keeps the water in a liquid state during winter. In southern regions, you should pick a spot with shade to keep the water cool in hot days and prevent the growth of bacteria in warm water.
The weight and size of the bird bath are vital when determining placement. A heavy bath will be hard to move and will take a toll on the delicate plants under it. On the other hand, a lighter and smaller bath will be easily tipped by strong winds and therefore calls for proper shelter.
A bird bath needs to be positioned placed in level areas where it cannot tip or spill easily. The basin has to be as level as possible in order to keep the depth even. If necessary, utilize paving stones or gravel to help level the ground and make the surface stable.
An ideal bird bath needs to always be a position where the water will always be clean. As such, you do not want to put the bath in under shrubs or trees that constantly shed blooms, seeds and fruits. Ideally, keep the bath away from feeding areas in order to prevent hulls, seeds and feces from making their way into the water.
Birds will not pay your bath a visit if they cannot see it. Pick a location that is easily visible to both you and the birds so that you can enjoy the scenery.
The closer the bird bath is to a spigot or hose, the easier it will be to clean and keep it full of fresh water. If it has to be far from a water source, ensure that your hoses are long enough to refill it.
Birds tend to be nervous when bathing and drinking water, and so, if the birdbath is too exposed, they will hesitate to use it. Place the bath near a tree or a bush, where the birds can pay shelter if they feel threatened. However, do not put it too close such that predators can hide and easily attack the birds.
A bird can bath and drink water near a window, but the splashes made on the glass will quickly leave residues that can be frustrating to clean every time. Also, if you put the bath too close to the window, it will create a risk for bird collisions. Put it a few feet away from your windows so that the little animals have enough space to maneuver, but close enough for enough convenient watching.
Some bath designs have special placement requirements. For example, a solar bird bath has to be on full sunlight in order to work properly. Ideally, a fountain bath needs to be near a power source in order to function properly.
With all these factors to keep in mind, it might seem hard to get the perfect spot, but if you consider most of them, you will eventually find the perfect spot. However, when doing so, ensure you keep the birds' safety and best interests in mind.
Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.