Monday, September 3, 2018

The Importance of Water for Wild Birds in Backyards

Do you have bird feeders in your backyard and ever wonder why you only have a few birds eating from them? Or maybe you just want to attract different species of your feathered friends with more color? Well, there is a simple solution to this problem and it involves something that is very easy to add, and many people do have them in their backyards somewhere if they are feeding. Its a water source!

All birds obviously need water to drink and bath, and having water nearby helps bring them into your backyard. However, there are other reasons for having a good water source in your backyard to attract birds.

First, there are many species of birds that don't want anything to do with the seed you have in your bird feeders. These birds only eat insects. Now, you can buy and feed dehydrated insects called "Mealmorms", but they are hard to find at a good price and birds can go through them rather quickly if you are not blending them with a seed you are using currently. Also, special bird feeders know as a platform feeders and fly through feeders work best if you do wish to feed these birds "Mealworms" without mixing them with a seed. A common bird that fits this example of insect eating and reason to have a water source in your backyard to attract them is the Blue Bird. So, by simply having a water source such as a bird bath you will be able to attract more Blue Birds to your backyard, and will see more colorful birds visiting in the process.

The next important reason to have a water source in your backyard has to do with the seasons. Summer can be very hard on birds and on some days all they will want is to drink and bath in the water around their area. However, winter is also a good time to attract a lot of birds to you backyard with a bird bath that has water which is not frozen.

Now, having a bird bath alone will help attract different species of birds and more of them in gerneral. But if you really want to bring flocks of birds in here are a few tips that will make birds love your backyard birding area:

1. In the summer, birds love when the water is fresh and cool for them. So by adding fresh water everyday or even a few ice cubes once or twice a day will keep the water more desirable for them to use.

2. Another tip that some people don't realize is that birds actually prefer moving water. There are accessories such as "water ripplers" that can be place in a bird bath to make the water move or ripple. This attract birds to the bath even more and also helps keep insects like mosquitoes from laying in the bath.

3. To go along with these accessories, for the winter time there are also heaters that can be added to a bird bath to keep it from freezing. However, baths with built in heaters can also be purchased to stop water from freezing as well, and having water available during freezing temperatures is a sure way to attract birds to your backyard in the winter.

4. Finally, birds prefer water to be shallow and a bath that is not slippery. So if you have this problem, by adding small rocks to the bottom of your bird bath will help small birds use the bath when they need water.

As a result, providing a water source such as a bird bath should help bring more birds into your backyard. You should also most likely notice some new species of them coming around as well. However, if you were to not see a huge increase in birds flocking to your backyard, remember the accessories that can be used to help.

I know this works, because I have one of the best water sources birds can ask for. Its a 20 foot long waterfall that has a nice easy flow and is shallow enough for birds to use. I also have a bird bath and bird feeders, and I get flocks of 30 to 50 birds at one time around my feeders and water sources several times a day. So believe me when I say, "Its important to have a water source for birds in your backyard."

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