Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Solar Birdbath Fountain

A cascading shower of water is a great way to invite wild songbirds to your yard.

Birdbath fountain
The great thing about solar bird fountains is most run off the warmth of the sun, so they turn on at sunrise, and turn off at sundown.Tranmix

There’s an element of hilarity in watching a tufted titmouse perform triple axels while trying to land on your iced-over bird bath. Most people will admit being entertained but would also concede not knowing a thing about how a solar-powered birdbath fountain functions in the first place, or the reasons why it creates an opportunity to observe such things. A fountain helps keep the birdbath ice-free, aerated and cleaner, with a bonus of fewer mosquito hatches in summer. Here are three things to consider when choosing your birdbath fountain.

Fountain Style

Solatec Solar Fountain
This product offers four different nozzle styles which vary the height and pattern of the spray.Solatec

Fountain styles range from bubblers or drip-style to cascades or different types of spray patterns, depending on the design of the fountain and the nozzle head you choose.

Placement

Tranmix Solar Bird Bath Fountain
This product works best in full, strong sunlight.Tranmix

Birdbath placement is an important factor in attracting birds, but also important when the fountain is powered by the sun’s rays. Unless it has a battery back-up or can be plugged into a power source, your solar-powered fountain will run only when solar rays reach it, and stop when not. In addition, indirect rays may affect the speed and power of the flow.

Battery Backup

Viajero Free-Standing Portable Floating Solar Powered Water Fountain Pump
This model is designed to store enough power to keep running for a few hours without the sun’s rays.Viajero

If flow velocity or volume are not a concern, and you really don’t need a pumping fountain at night or when the sun is not out, then go solar only. They cost less and are more maintenance and hassle-free. When it does matter, choose a model offering battery storage. Some models will store power for only a few hours, while others are more powerful.

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