Birdbath with Solar Light and Planter

Solar Bird Bath with Light and PlanterI have seen a lot of novel ideas where birdbaths are concerned. Some are great, others no so much, but here is one I like very much and want to share with you.

When you are considering garden decor you have lots of choice including solar lights, birdbaths and planter. So some smart cookie has thought ‘why not combine all three elements’. And that’s exactly what they have done with this all in one Birdbath with Solar Light and Planters.

This distinctive looking combination of bird bath, planters and lamp frame is made from plastic that has been given an attractive antique  metal look finish.

Just think of the colorful flowers that you can plant to compliment the colors of the local bird life as it swoops down to drink and splash around in the basin, while at night the solar lights will cast a glow over the whole thing.

Now this is just the sort of thing that you can have more than one of. Just imagine having 2 or 3 along your drive or pathway or even scattered throughout your garden.

This particular fountain is made from resin so it’s pretty tough and will withstand any weather conditions.

CLICK HERE to view this bird bath on Amazon


Review: API 970 20-Inch Diameter Heated Bird Bath with Metal Stand

API 970 20 inch heated bird bathIf you live in an area where the temperature dips a little lower than is good for water in the birdbath, you may have gone through a number of options for keeping some water, not ice, available for visiting birds.

The problem with most heating mechanisms that go in birdbaths is they are unattractive bags that are little more than a heating pad put in the birdbath to keep part of the water from freezing. While the job is done, there is something about seeing that heating pad in the water that makes it so much less aesthetically pleasing.

Instead, the API 970 20-Inch Diameter Heated Bird Bath with Metal Standhas been designed to do the job while still looking as attractive as ever. In this case, instead of adding a heating unit to the birdbath, the birdbath is the heating unit.

This birdbath comes with a built in thermostat that will make sure the water stays at the right temperature so the birds can always have a drink, even when the mercury drops.

This is a completely self-sufficient unit with the birdbath on a metal stand that is ready to stand up in the yard, plug in and go to work keeping your birds happy.

In addition to making sure their water doesn’t freeze, the birdbath is also created to have a comfortable perch rim so the birds can land and stand easily.

What We Like

  • The whole birdbath stays thawed instead of just a little area around a heating insert.
  • It’s much more attractive than the heating pads you simply pop into the birdbath.
  • The built-in thermostat does the job without you having to run outside to turn the power on and off.
  • The stand is easy to put together.


How Can I Get Wild Birds to Come Into my Garden?

Brome Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird FeederDid you know that after gardening, feeding wild birds is the second most popular hobby in North America?

And no wonder – it’s a real pleasure to look out of your window and see a variety of birds hopping around.

But it there aren’t any…why is that?

Well here is a general guide to show you how to attract a variety of birds into your garden and  just as important, how to make sure they keep coming back.

 

Provide the Basics

All types of birds require three things:

1. Food

2. Water – for drinking and bathing

3. Shelter – from the weather and possible predators

 

Food

The more types of food that you have on offer in your garden, the more birds you will attract. Different breeds of bird prefer different foods. For example, birds with short beaks, like sparrows and finches will mostly eat seeds. You can buy bags of wild bird seed online or at most garden centers – or plant flowers or plants that seed.

Birds with more pointy beaks enjoy insects and soft food like fruits and berries. So try planting some fruit bushes and shrubs or flowers that attract insects and the birds will follow. To maximize the food available, don’t clip your hedges or if you must, just prune selected branches that are sticking up. It’s best to prune in the winter, so that all fruit has been eaten but before the birds want to start building their nests just as spring arrives.

Lawns are full of worms during the wetter months but during high summer, they are much more difficult to find. You could place a pile of wood somewhere in your garden and as it rots, it will attract a host of insects and therefore – birds.

If you are lucky enough to live in an area with hummingbirds, make sure that you have flowers rich in nectar in your garden. These would include gladiolus or lilies.

Alternatively, hang up several special Hummingbird feeders which are inexpensive and should be easily available in your area or online. Fill these with a mixture of sugar and water and then simply enjoy these magical birds.

Don’t forget to have food on offer all year round. Birds are small creatures and so they metabolize their food very quickly and need a constant supply. During the fall and winter, it’s a good idea to set up a bird table or a variety of feeders but make sure that they are high off the ground and out of the reach of neighborhood cats.

If the weather is particularly windy or there is a fall of snow, go out check the table and feeders and replenish or clear as necessary. Don’t forget to check their water and if it’s frozen, give them a fresh supply.

There are many manufactured suet bird food ‘cakes’ and discs that fit into feeders and these are all great. But it’s also fun to make your own – and probably less expensive. Try tying some string to the top of a pine cone so that you can hang it and then smother it in peanut butter. Once it’s well coated, roll it in a pile of seeds or very well chopped nuts. The classic home made treat for birds is half a coconut strung to a feeder.

Water

Every living creature needs water to survive and birds are no exception. You may provide food and shelter for them but if there’s no water, they will go looking elsewhere so it’s a real necessity.

If you have a stream or pond in your garden, the birds will love that. Be sure to add a few stones at the edge of the water for smaller birds to perch on. Birds aren’t keen on water that is more than 2 or 3 inches deep – especially songbirds because they can’t swim – so providing an area at the edge is helpful, especially if you can get that edge to slope very gradually.

If you have a natural ‘dip’ anywhere on your land, this can easily be made into a drinking and bathing area. Circle it with sand, stones or pebbles as birds don’t like to slip and slide. The area may naturally fill with water during the fall and winter but you may need to help it along with a hose during the summer.

If you don’t have any the above, you could buy a bird bath. Bird baths have come along way and are available in many materials such as stone, bronze, wrought iron, copper, ceramic and resin. The range of designs should suit every taste for minimalist modern to Victoriana ornate, free standing or hanging. You can even get solar power heated or ones with a light so that you can view birds at dusk. Some have integral fountains which recycle the water on a ‘loop’ by means of a low voltage pump. The prices ranges from tens of dollars to hundreds so do have a good look online before committing yourself.

If you need to fill the bath yourself, wherever possible make sure it’s near a water source such as an outdoor faucet as this will make maintenance much easier you will probably need to fill it every day during the summer. Birds keep a constant eye out for predators, so position the bath in an open, sunny area, away from overhanging branches or bushes that could hide them and the birds will flock to your bath.

You’ll need to empty the bath and scrub it at least every 2 to 3 days during the summer. This will stop algae and bacteria from spoiling the water and making it green, slimy and smelly. During the winter, you will need to be vigilant in case the bath ices over but heated bird baths are now available so you could invest in one of those!

Water features are popular in gardens now and birds will love them too but they will prefer the ones that drip gently, tinkle prettily. Waterfall types are overwhelming and scary for small birds.

Shelter

This can be as simple as trees or bushes in your garden or you may like to provide bird houses. If this is the case, offer a variety that will suit the birds native to your area. Make sure that they are strongly fixed to a tree or post and are high enough up to avoid predators. If possible, fix them where you can see them easily so that you can enjoy watching them coming and going.

If these three basic requirements are constantly on offer, it won’t be long before your garden is a haven for a variety of birds which will give you endless pleasure all the year round.

Gardman USA Wild Bird Feeding Station Kit

gardman-wild-bird-feeding-station-kitWhat more could you ask for?

This  Gardman USA  Wild Bird Feeding Station Kit has everything you need to attract beautiful birds to your garden.

The feeding station is reasonably priced and would make a lovely gift for any of your bird loving friends so that they can also enjoy having birds in their garden.

There is a 3 section black powder coated pole that has a total height of 7 foot 5 inches and which rises 6’1″ above the ground. The pole is decoratively completed with a finial at the top. Some assembly is required to put the station together.

The  hooks  hold the 2 hanging feeders,  there is a supporting ring for the bird bath which is also included, a small feeder and a mesh seed tray.

On the whole this bird feeding station has received positive reviews as you can add or take away any of the pieces that you don’t require and set it up to suit your preferences.

CLICK HERE to shop for the Gardman USA Wild Bird Feeding Station Kit.