Water Works! part two
Aug 14, 2019
Birds and baths:
Bird baths are an important part of ensuring your favorite birds frequent your backyard. Not just for drinking, birds also use baths for bathing, preening and to keep cool.
Most birds prefer relatively shallow watering holes. Birds don’t swim. Smaller songbirds prefer an inch or so of depth, while bigger birds such as jays, robins and doves, don’t bathe in water more than two or three inches deep.
Bathing styles very from species to species. Most people are familiar with the bathing style of robins, splashing around in belly-deep water until their feathers become wet.
Some smaller songbirds are more included to use water covered foliage to wet themselves down. Others will wet their beaks, then toss water onto their feathers. They may even use water collected on large leaves for bathing.
Hummingbirds and warblers can often be seen flying through fine sprays. And some larger birds, such as raptors, will sit in belly-deep water to enjoy a good soak.
Birds baths, once located and deemed reliable, can become part of a bird’s daily routine. They’ll learn to depend on them and return again and again for drinking and bathing.
One way to alert and attract birds to your yard with adding movement to the water. Rippling, splashing, sparkling, spraying, the sound and sight of water movement will attract these feathered neighbors to your yard.
Wigglers, drippers, misters, waterfalls and fountains offer the sound and motion of moving water that birds are attuned to find. Many may also offer a landing surface for birds to use as a perch if the think the water is too deep.
With the days of summer here, consider adding a bird bath as a cool offering to the birds in your backyard.