Thursday, August 27, 2009

Where to Place Your Bird Bath

Birds depend on a source of water more than they do a bird feeder. Many species of birds that will not come to a feeder will visit water. Watching birds use a birdbath to drink and bathe is a never-ending source of entertainment for the entire family. When deciding to add a birdbath to your yard, it is important to carefully consider the location. It should be at least 5 to 10 feet away from any place a predator, like a cat, could hide. Birdbaths on a pedestal provide some protection as well. Branches hanging a few feet above the water will give birds a place to escape in the event a predator does make an appearance. This is important because a wet bird will only be able to flutter a few feet. Make sure the birdbath is within reach of a hose. The water will need to be changed frequently to keep birds healthy. Situate the birdbath so it is visible from indoors so the entire family can enjoy the birds anytime.

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