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Birdbath Fountains

As a first grader, I remember being fascinated by birdbath fountains, because our neighbor's garden had one and I would spend hours watching the birds cavorting in it. I remember suggesting to my teacher that we should have a birdbath fountain in school, and she was sporting enough to give me the go ahead. So in one corner of the playground came up my first birdbath fountain, a plain concrete item that my mother helped me find at a yard sale. Since then, I have always had a birdbath fountain wherever I've gone, and I have met lots of people who enjoy having this affordable, easy to install and great-looking addition to their gardens.

Most commonly, birdbath fountains lure birds with the promise of fresh water to drink and bathe in. however, what a lot of people don't know is that birdbath fountains also encourage birds to nest, because there is a constant supply of water close at hand thanks to built-in pumps that re-circulate water.

Given the immense popularity of birdbath fountains, there are numerous different kinds in the market, but before you choose one, make sure you know what species of birds you wish to attract. Also, review the weather conditions that the birdbath will have to endure, such as frost, snow etc. Usually, birdbaths are either made of concrete or metal, and both materials have their advantages. Of late, however, copper birdbaths have gained in popularity owing to the fact that they look sleek and are also extremely durable. Besides, metal birdbath fountains are easier to heat, an essential requirement if you live in a region that is susceptible to cold weather.

While heated birdbaths are easily available and quite cost effective too, you can also use solar energy to heat birdbath fountains that are not pre-heated. Solar birdbaths are built to include a special circulating fountain that prevents water from freezing in sub-zero conditions. Obviously, solar birdbaths comprise solar panels that allow sunlight to power the fountain, and require no wiring.

Finally, before you buy a birdbath fountain, check to see that it satisfies the following requirements:

  • It should ideally be about three inches deep at the center and shallower near the rim. If your birdbath is too deep, you can put rocks in it to raise the bottom.
  • Make it noisy! The sound of falling water attracts birds of all species enormously. The best way to ensure a splashing birdbath is to install a spray fountain. Alternatively, buy a birdbath with a built-in dripper.
  • No smooth bottoms, please. Birds don't like slippery surfaces that don't offer them a proper grip.
  • Do not allow cats and other predators near your birdbath fountain. Use your common sense while locating the birdbath, so that it isn't within easy reach of such animals. Also, make sure you can see it from inside the house.

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