Three Things to Consider in a Solar Powered Birdbath Fountain

How dirty birds get clean.

Bird sitting on the edge of a bird bath
Don't let your birds be dirty birds. Get a solar powered fountain to keep their bath clean.Unsplash/Dan Wayman

A functioning solar-powered fountain helps keep your birdbath ice-free, aerated, cleaner, and less attractive to mosquitoes in the summer. Here are three things to consider before you buy one.

Solatec Solar Fountain, Black
This model comes with 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.

Tranmix Solar Bird Bath Fountain, Solar Powered Fountain 1.4W Free Standing Floating Birdbath Water Pumps for Garden, Patio, Pond and Pool
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 battery back-up or can be plugged into a power source, your solar-powered fountain will run when solar rays reach it, and stop when not. In addition, indirect rays may affect the speed and power of the flow.

Viajero Latest Upgrade 2.5W Solar Fountain Pump for Bird Bath with 800mAh Battery Backup, Free Standing Portable Floating Solar Powered Water Fountain Pump for Garden Backyard Pond Pool Outdoor
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 require less maintenance. 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.