August 26, 2012

Simple Birdbaths Using Stones

Birds don't ask for much. They do appreciate fresh water to drink and in which to bathe.  Seeds and insects are plentiful here but fresh water requires some effort on the part of the gardener.

A stone with a natural depression, with a dripping hose
channeled through a piece of bamboo for esthetics.
Constant dripping keep water fresh, discourages mosquito
growth and insures a patina of moss on the stone. The sound of
dripping water attracts birds to the bath.
An old birdbath with patina has dripping water from a vintage brass
faucet shaped like a quail, supplied by a hidden hose.

Overflow from the birdbath drips into a stone with a natural
depression for the use of smaller birds.
When winter comes with danger of freezes, I disconnect the hoses and carry water to the birdbaths in a bucket. Usually in late February I have to re-connect the hoses when migrating Robins arrive and line up for a drink and a quick bath.
 I'm linking to the Birdbath Party at Funky Junk Interiors blog. 
My first birdbath was a garbage can lid on a concrete block. Dripping water was provided by a milk jug with a pinhole in the bottom, suspended overhead. Brown thrashers were among the visitors, usually shy about water and ground feeders never visiting a tall birdbath.


1 comment:

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Good tips! We have a couple bird baths and two ponds with waterfalls. The birds do love playing on the rocks in the falls. Fun to watch too.
Saw you linking at Funky Junk Interiors.
Debbie :)

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