Trying to make your backyard more attractive to birds? Just add water! Birds need a dependable supply of fresh, clean water for drinking and bathing—few things are more attractive to them than a well-maintained birdbath. In fact, a birdbath in your yard may attract birds that don't eat seeds and wouldn't otherwise come to your feeders.
Traditional concrete birdbaths sold in garden shops make nice lawn ornaments, but they aren't the best type for birds—they're often too deep, glazed ones may be too slippery, and they’re often hard to clean. Also, they may crack when the temperature drops below freezing. The best birdbaths mimic nature's birdbaths—puddles and shallow pools of water in slow streams; they’re shallow with a gentle slope so birds can wade into the water. Look for one that won't break and is easily cleaned.
You can make your own birdbath using a trashcan lid, saucer-type snow sled, shallow pan, or old frying pan.
For more information on birdbaths such as
- Setting up your birdbath
- Winter birdbaths
- Maintaining your birdbath
- Roost Boxes
- Nest material
- How to offer nest material