How to Get the Most Pleasure from a Bird Bath Fountain
Bird watching with the entire family can be an enjoyable and bonding family experience. If you have never gone bird watching, learning the different species of birds and their habitat as a family unit can be a very entertaining family venture. Adding bird feeders, suet cakes, and bird bath fountains to your backyard will draw birds to your home increasing your birding experience. When starting to watch birds as a family it is nice to start this new venture in the comfort of your home, deck or patio.
It is important to keep in mind when adding a birdbath to your backyard that birds enjoy moving water over stagnant water. If you already have a bird bath, adding a dripper of wiggler will attract more birds. They are able to see the moving water much easier and drawing them in. Ideally, adding a bird bath fountain keeps the water moving continually, providing an area for the birds to play and flutter and clean their feathers. It is so much fun watching the birds play in the water providing hours of enjoyment for the family.
Once you place your birdbath fountain in your backyard, and if the birds seem hesitant to use it, try placing some rocks in the bottom of the bird fountain. The fountain bowl may be too deep for the birds to feel comfortable and may lose their confidence, leaving them somewhat timid to use the fountain. Placing rocks in the bottom of the fountain adds to the confidence of the birds.
Placement of the bird bath fountain is also very important. Sometimes the neighbor’s cat may try to attack the birds while they are using the fountain. If you place the fountain near some bushes or small tree with small branches, the birds will have the option of hopping up on some of the branches. You want to be certain that the branches on the bushes are small enough to support the birds but not the cats.
It is a good idea to add feeders and suet cakes attract birds. If you have a preference for the different species of birds you like to watch, you can attract them with different types of feed. For instance, grosbeaks, chickadees, and cardinals are all attracted to black oil sun flower seeds. Finches are attracted to thistle seeds, and bluebirds and orioles are attracted to fruit. Planting fruit trees is a long term project but provides fruit to attract birds.
When birding with the family, you want to have a good pair of high quality binoculars. Being able to see the birds up close is so much more enjoyable. The children will enjoy birding much more if you have a pair of binoculars that are lightweight and fits easily into smaller hands. If you have binoculars such as these, the children are more likely to stay interested.
Birdbath fountains are available as dripper fountains. Many of the smaller birds really enjoy these. Solar bird bath fountains receive the power from the solar energy. So you will be able to place your solar birdbath fountain at the most optimum place as long as you can get the solar panel in direct sunlight.
These tips for placement, feeders, feed, and using bird bath fountains should help improve your birding experience.
Evan Nasseri - About Author:
Nancy Clark is the President of Fountains Everywhere, a customer oriented supplier of bird bath fountains, lighted fountains, indoor fountains, garden fountains, solar fountains, and tabletop fountains. More detailed information can be obtained at Fountains Everywhere.
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