Benefits Of Having Birdbaths In Your Yard

Birdbaths are not only meant to create attractive focal points, but also attract a plethora of woodland creatures like birds, butterflies, and insects that are beneficial to your backyard. 

This is undoubtedly the easiest and efficient way to entice wildlife to your garden when compared to building birdhouses or planting beautiful flowers. 

Not convinced yet? Among the benefits of adding a few birdbaths to your backyard garden and landscape.

Benefits Of Adding Birdbaths

1. Provide birds with a source of water

Birds need water for drinking and bathing, especially during the winter season when the natural water supplies have been subjected to freezing points, and there’s limited access to running water. You can help the birds with heated birdbaths, as this type prevents water from freezing.

2.Attracts Other Wildlife

If you are an animal lover, then birdbaths will be your friend because birdbaths will attract other animals such as squirrels and frogs who may be in need of a drink during the summer heat or if you keep your birdbath free of ice in the winter even in the cooler months.

Over the past couple years I have made a couple bird friends, who when I’m cultivating my garden or I’m running with my shovel, will come running and wait nearby on another garden bed or on the fence to swoop in and scarf up any little grubs, bugs, or worms which I might uncover while cultivating my garden beds, which also helps to reduce pests in the garden with the added benefit of some entertainment while you’re working on it.

3. Improve aeration and control pests 

Birdbaths attract different types of birds that feed on various pests, such as slugs, caterpillars, and grasshoppers — which threaten the fruits and vegetables in your garden. This means fewer destructive insects and, of course, less pesticide application. 

Besides the pest control benefit, birds also play an essential role in boosting soil aeration, alleviating compaction through digging the garden in search of worms. When soil is properly aerated, roots will grow deeply for stronger, more vigorous lawn, crops, and flowers. 

You also get to attract wasps, which feed on cabbage worms that destroy crops. 

4. Promote pollination

Birdbaths can attract butterflies and bees — insects known as excellent pollinators. If you grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers, you’ll want to have a few birdbaths placed in inviting locations in your garden.

5. ReduceD Bird Damage In Your Vegetable Garden

One thing that I have noticed, is that when I keep my birdbaths filled and clean, my vegetable garden suffers less bird damage. When they have plenty to drink in hot weather, for example, they don’t raid my ripening tomatoes nearly as much, if at all. Same goes for my fruit trees, however, with fruit trees there’s always some bird loss from birds if you don’t protect your trees. I don’t mind if the birds get a few, because I always have more colorful birds around my backyard and trees, even in winter.

6. Support kids learning

Nature is beautiful, but, unfortunately, the connection kids have with nature isn’t really that strong as past generations before most people lived in cities and technology took over. By attracting different types of birds, you create an entertaining environment that present kids with a new opportunity to learn valuable lessons. For example, they can learn how to identify different types of birds, their habits, as well as migratory routes

Conclusion

There you have it! With the benefits of birdbaths above, it’s fair to say having one or more in your backyard is worth it.

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Quick Guide to Proper Bird Bath Placement

Sometimes birds have a hard time getting fresh and clean water. A birdbath could come in handy in such instances. It could also be great if you love watching birds. Water has been proven to attract more bird species than feeders. However, getting a birdbath is the first step. You need to place the birdbath properly to ensure it serves its purpose perfectly. Here are some quick bird bath placement tips to consider. 

How to place a birdbath

1.      Place near a window or where you can see/watch birds easily

  • Although you may be getting a birdbath solely for providing birds with clean, fresh, water, you’ll definitely enjoy watching the birds. So, place the birdbath near your field of sight, preferably, somewhere you can see from indoors. This will, of course, depend on the design of your house as well as your tastes and preferences. For instance, if you have outdoor space in your home that you frequent when relaxing, consider placing your birdbath in front of such an area.


2. Place on a pedestal away from predators/danger

  • Birdbaths should be away from areas where cats, among other predators, can hide and pounce on the birds. Ideally, the birdbath should be out in the open and placed on a pedestal where birds can see predators approaching. A pedestal is also a safe distance away from the ground where children can’t reach, and you can see the birdbath easily.

3. Have an escape route

  • Since it’s impossible to eliminate predators, among other things that can scare birds away, you should think about an escape route. The birdbath should be placed where there is a clear line of escape into the sky or nearby branches since wet birds have a shorter flying range. 

4. Locate near a clean and fresh source of water

  • Birdbaths should be near a garden hose. Since one of the reasons for having a birdbath is providing clean and fresh water to birds, a location that is far from your house or a water source isn’t ideal. It should be easy for you to change the water after a few days, even daily during hot weather. A nearby water source also makes cleaning easy. 

5. Consider climate

  • Last, but not least, you need to consider the climate in your area. If you live in northern regions which are generally cold, choose a sunny spot so that the sun can keep the water warm during chilly days. Such a location will also ensure the water doesn’t freeze during winter. If you live in southern regions which are usually hot, consider a spot with some shade to keep the water cool during hot days.

How Saving Eggshells Can Help Your Backyard Birds

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Eggshell

Saving your eggshells and giving him a quick bake in the oven can help you while birds digestion. While birds have gizzards like chickens and usually pick up small stones to grind their food once it swallowed it. So, adding crushed eggshells to their feeders or scattering them loosely on a patch of bare ground can give them an additional source of small hard bits to help them render food. Additionally, it can provide a source of calcium for your wild birds.

Baking Eggshells

Baking eggshells to give to your birds is easy and takes only a few minutes. You need only:

  • to preheat your oven to 250°
  • place your eggshells on a tray. I usually line it with the lifts bit of aluminum foil to keep my baking tray clean to save on washing and the aluminum foil can be reused.
  • bake until the eggshells are thoroughly dry and brittle enough to crush easily with your hands once cool.

Placing Your Crushed Eggshells

as I previously mentioned, you can spread the eggshells on a patch of bare ground. You can also add them to your birdfeeders so that your birds can pick them up while they are eating any bird food you may provide be providing.

When To Give Your Birds Eggshells

you can give the baked and crushed eggshells to your birds year-round. However, spring is especially helpful is that at the time of the year when birds are laying eggs and can use an extra bit of calcium in addition to the grinding capabilities that eggshells provide. If you feel like you don’t have enough eggshells, then you may want to buy some crushed oyster shells which can be acquired from your local feed store or online and they serve the same purpose, even though they’re generally marketed for chickens, ducks and geese.

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What Plants do Hummingbirds Like?

I’m frequently asked what plants attract hummingbirds, and while I know, I have never actually made a list of them.  So, here is a quick list of plants, which in addition to your hummingbird feeder, will help attract hummingbirds to your yard.

  • Beardtongue (Penstemon)
  • Butterfly bush (Buddleia)
  • Catmint (Nepeta)
  • Cigar Plant (Cuphea)
  • Clove pink (Dianthus)
  • Columbine (Aquilegia)
  • Coral bells (Heuchera)
  • Desert candle (Yucca)
  • Firebush (Hamelia patens)
  • Flag (Iris)
  • Flame Acanthus (Aniscanthus wrightii)
  • Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata)
  • Foxglove (Digitalis)
  • Jatropha (integerrima)
  • Lantana (Lantana camara)
  • Larkspur (Delphinium)
  • Lily (Lilium)
  • Lupine (Lupinus)
  • Mandevilla (Mandevilla)
  • Pentas (Pentas)
  • Petunia (Petunia)
  • Pincushion flower (Scabiosa)
  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
  • Red-hot poker (Kniphofia)
  • Salvia ‘Black and Blue’ (Salvia guaranitica)
  • Scarlet sage (Salvia splendens)
  • Scarlet trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
  • Soapwort (Saponaria)
  • Summer phlox (Phlox paniculata)
  • Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)
  • Verbena (Aloysia Virgata)
  • Weigela (Weigela)