Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Bird Bath

A clean source of water will attract more birds to your home.

Bird bath
My bird bath brings all the birds to the yard ...Unsplash/Sebastian Kurpiel

Birdwatching is a popular, multi-generational, year-round activity that helps connect you to nature. Even while watching them through a window, it’s hard not to feel closer to the earth. Provide them with a bird bath and you’ll help make the world a better place for birds. When making a bird bath, consider how easy it will be to clean it regularly, its durability and how naturally it will offer birds water.

Alpine Corporation TLR102LBR Antique Ceramic Birdbath with Birds, 24 Inch Tall, 24", Light Brown
An old-fashioned style complements any garden.Alpine Corporation

Some inexpensive bird baths won’t withstand prolonged exposure to the sun, and others are prone to cracking or chipping, particularly if you live where freezing and thawing occurs regularly. More fragile baths should be brought inside during winter, but that defeats the purpose of making water available to your winter backyard birds.

MUMTOP 11-inch Hanging Bird Bath Glass Bird Bath Outdoor Bird Feeder for Garden Decoration
This design suspends from a hook, enabling you to adjust its height and minimize cat predation.MUMTOP

A proper bird bath will be shallow, ranging from only a half to two inches deep. Its bottom should be a non-slip surface of rough concrete or sand, with rocks and an edge to allow perching. It should be kept full of water, and preferably located in a shady area. Most birds prefer a bath on or close to the ground, but if cats are a possibility the bath should be higher.

Solatec Solar Fountain, Black
This pump aerates (but does not heat) water.Solatec

Bird baths need frequent cleaning because they foul easily and in warmer weather can develop algae. Use a bath that doesn’t make cleaning a chore. Aerator or drip makers can keep your bath open and water available even in moderate freezing conditions.