Gardening with and for Wildlife part 2-Water
“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 ESV
The second requirement for birds and other animals is water.
Junco on rock in heated birdbath
We keep one heated birdbath out all winter. In the spring/summer we will put that one away and bring out two or three other bird baths.
Black-capped chickadee taking a bath
Phoebe on birdbath with a bug in it’s beak
You don’t have to have a large or fancy one. A shallow dish would work! Just make sure you keep it clean and filled.
I’ve noticed that a lot of bird baths are not designed well for birds! Example: the sides aren’t always sloped nicely and the water is too deep for some of the smaller birds. For this reason we put a flat rock in the center of each of our birdbaths.
Some birds like moving water. So of course they make water ‘jigglers’.
We are fortunate to have been able to put in a small water feature and those seem to work very well. Even a small water feature can provide water for some of the birds and other critters.
This is an inexpensive water can that we put fish friendly silicone type sealer over all but a couple of the holes. We hung it from a shepherd hook above a birdbath and it will slowly drip all day! Just refill the next morning 😀
You never know who or what you might find in unusual places!
This is our rain chain fountain that we made with an old Jack Daniels barrel, a pump, copper tubing and a rain chain! It sits just off of our deck and we just love the sound of the water coming down the chain! we put a cage over the pump and lined the top with flat rocks and added a couple of water loving plants.
*when you have a water feature like a small pond make sure you have a way for the frogs to get out! I leave a piece of driftwood hanging into the water. You don’t want the frogs getting into the water and have no way to get out. Without an ‘escape’ they could end up drowning.