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Most birds will certainly hang around your place during winter if you have put up a bird feeder. However, you will get a greater diversity of Aves if you are to set up heated bird baths as well.
For most natural water resources during winter are frozen and many birds find it hard to look for water on their own.
Like for most living creatures, water is essential to many birds. They need shallow bodies of water to drink from and to bathe in. Thus, with a heated bird bath in your lawn, you can help these creatures survive the cold season. They will be able to drink from it after feeding, and they bathe in it to ‘heat up’ during winter. For birds, the best feature of heated bird baths is the warmth it provides. Since winter is too cold, birds would certainly need a place to get warm up during these days; and heated bird baths are the answer to this need.
Heated bird baths are also appealing places for birds to mingle with the other species. Some may not believe that birds flock together during winter to survive, but they do. Getting close to other birds is essential to them. The heat makes them warm and the social experience makes them more willing to survive the cold winter. With a heated bird bath in your place, you can encourage birds to live and survive from the warmth and comfort that they can get whenever they will drink together with the other kinds.
Another reason why birdbaths are installed by birders is that they attract a variety of birds more than bird feeders. Since not all birds like seeds but all birds need water. Therefore, if you want to lure more varieties of birds coming into your place, it is always best to install birdbaths near feeders. It makes the bird feeders highly visible and it makes the lawn more appealing for different types of birds.
Heated Bird Bath Essentials
There are several types of heated birdbaths. Some are just typical installed with birdbath de-icers, while others are already especially equipped with heating units. Heated birdbaths also vary in sizes and shape. Many birdbaths that are intended for small birds are shallow. Often, they are set with small stones or pebbles for birds to walk on. The larger types are intended for bigger species of Aves. A few of them are not elevated, making them easy to access like ponds. Birdbaths also come in different designs. The most popular birdbaths have contemporary styles and the most expensive are made of marble or other etched stones.
Nevertheless, birds are mostly not concerned about the aesthetic form of the heated birdbaths. What matters to them is to simply fill their needs especially during the cold season. So, if you are planning to install a heated birdbath at home, the first and foremost thing that you have to realize is filling their needs. Aesthetics should only come second. Here the essential considerations of most experienced birders when putting up heated birdbaths.
- Nearby perches – Birds love birdbaths set near natural perches. These places serve as natural refuge for them whenever possible enemies will come to prey on them. They also prefer heated birdbaths set with pebbles or small stones in it. This makes drinking and bathing a lot easier for them.
- Plants – There is nothing more comfortable for birds than a bathing and drinking area surrounded by plants or trees. This makes them feel more at home and comfortable.
- Appropriate Size – Larger birds need deeper and larger birdbaths like sprinklers types. While smaller birds only need shallow filled birdbaths to keep them from drowning.
- Regular Maintenance – In all types of birdbaths, regular maintenance is necessary to prevent the accumulation of fungi, algae and bird droppings. This is a must to ensure that the water that you serve will just be fine for our feathered friends.