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Wild Birds and Water: Bathing, Drinking, and A Gathering Place


The summer months are known for hot, sticky weather. Just like humans, birds need water in order to thrive and survive during the height of bird feeding season. Whether you’re offering a birdbath, a Perky-Pet® waterer, or a self-made puddle, having a water source in your yard will take your birdscaping status to an expert level. Wild birds use water for three key aspects of their life: bathing, drinking, and as a gathering place in your yard.

Grooming is one of the main reasons to offer a water source to the feathered friends in your yard. Birds use water, specifically in birdbaths, to clean their feathers, hydrate, and splash around for a little fun. If you decide to offer a birdbath in your yard, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Choose a birdbath that is made of a heavy duty plastic. Concrete birdbaths are extremely hard to clean thoroughly and can often crack or break during near freezing temperatures or if knocked over.
  • The birdbath should mimic a puddle; shallow and curved. As an added feature, place sand or stones in the bottom so the birds have a sturdy grounding.
  • Consider adding a waterfall or fountain element to your bird bath to increase its attractiveness to wild birds.
  • Finally, place the birdbath near your bird feeders and near shrubs so the wild birds can dry off after their bath or drink.

Although seed-eating wild birds can extract some water from their food sources, they still drink from a water source each day. Help wet their whistle by hanging a waterer in your yard. In addition to a birdbath, waterers can hang alongside your favorite seed feeder for the utmost convenience. As a birder, make sure that you are cleaning your water source regularly with warm, soapy water to ward off any avian diseases.

Preparing your yard to attract a wide variety of birds is a bird advocate’s priority. In order to birdscape your yard properly:

  1. Enhance your garden with flowering plants and shrubs.
    If you’re looking to attract hummingbirds, strategically place bright, flowering plants in a location that receives both shade and sun throughout the day. Hummingbirds love to flutter from nectar source to nectar source while also being close to a safe place, like a shrub. If other varieties of wild birds are more your forte, place seed bird feeders within 10 to 15 feet of nearest cover, like a small bush or shrub, and 15 to 20 feet from a window.
  2. Offer multiple food sources with Perky-Pet® hummingbird and seed bird feeders.
    Why limit the type of birds in your yard?! Offset your water source with a Perky-Pet® Hummingbird or Seed Feeder. With a wide variety of feeders from Top Fill Hummingbird Feeders to No/No® Wild Bird Feeders, we’ve got something to satisfy your backyard bird feeding needs.
  3. Entice birds with a clean water source.
    The final tip to a birding paradise in your yard is to add a water source. As we’ve mentioned before, consider utilizing a birdbath, Perky-Pet® waterer, or creating a self-made puddle in your yard. We’re sure your feathered friends will thank you with daily visits that are sure to put a smile on your face!

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