Offer Water for the Birds

Bird bath on the ground with several birds
(Photo © Claire Goldthwaite)
Birds need fresh, clean water for drinking and bathing. Make your garden more attractive to birds by providing water! Few things are more attractive to them than a clean, well-maintained birdbath.

A good drinking fountain for birds should be like a shallow puddle (nature’s true birdbath). Choose a shallow container that is easy to clean. Although birds prefer water basins that are on the ground consider if cats are a danger. If you think that a birdbath on the ground might be too tempting to cats, put the birdbath three or four feet off the ground. Place some sand in the bottom of the bath and arrange a few branches or stones in the container, so birds can stand on them and drink without getting wet (this is especially important in the winter).

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