October 10, 2008 - Lititz, PA- Believe it or not, providing water for wild birds is just as important as providing seed. Birding is the most popular hobby in North America, second to gardening. However, the rising costs of bird seed is leaving some hobbyists baffled as to how they can continue to enjoy birding without breaking the bank. Water is plentiful, inexpensive, and it attracts just as many birds, if not more, than seed.
According to the University of Cornell Lab of Ornithology publication, BirdNotes, birds need water to survive. In fact, some birds that normally would not visit backyards for seed will visit for water. Birds use water for various reasons, not just for quenching their thirst. Water is used for bathing, cleaning their feathers, and to remove parasites. A supply of water also increases the value of a backyard habitat – providing an all-inclusive retreat for birds and a perfect setting to observe their behavior.
Birdscapes® brand offers its newest Sip and Seed feeders. The Sip and Seeds feature a technology which allows for a 3-way use – seed and water, seed only, or water only. In today’s economy many commodities have increased in cost - bird seed included. Still, birding enthusiasts everywhere can continue their hobby without much interruption by providing a lower cost source such as water.
Birdscapes® Sip and Seed feeders are the latest, most conventional feeders for bird hobbyists young and old. A pair of cylinder glass or plastic tubes, complete with designer elements, hangs perpendicular from a decorative copper hook. Either the Garden Sip and Seed or Copper Sip and Seed would complete any bird-friendly environment, as well as adding a nice touch of style.
Remember water is important, but don’t stop feeding these feathered friends. Think of food alternatives such as mealworms, peanuts, citrus fruits, or plant a few shrubs that produce berries for birds to feed from. Cranberry bushes, winterberry and evergreen holly, as well as arrowwood viburnum are all good options.
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