Birds and humans are lot more similar than most people think. Sure, birds spend a lot of their time soaring through the skies, but they also need a place to drink water, bathe, and cool down when it's hot outside. That's where bird baths come in. Why should you get a bird bath? Having a bird bath in your yard can help give the birds a place to relax during the day before it goes back to flying. Bird baths are also great garden decor and come in a lot of varieties that fit every style.
You might be surprised to find out that bird baths come in lots of different styles and materials. Although the most important thing to consider when choosing a bird baths is how easily the birds can access it, you also want to choose a bird bath that fits your style and matches the rest of the decor of your yard or garden. Common styles include pedestal, hanging, heated, solar powered, and fountain combos. As far as materials are concerned, consider stone, ceramic, metal, or resin.
Here are our top picks for the most common bird bath styles and materials.
The VIVOHOME Polyresin Antique Outdoor Garden Green Bird Bath, would be a great addition to your garden if you are looking for a simple, yet stylish bird bath that is pocket friendly. It features a concave bowl for holding water for the birds and a sturdy pedestal base so it doesn't tip over. Thanks to the resin material, this bird bath is lightweight, yet durable and weather resistant. Customers like this bird bath because "it's easy to assemble, very sturdy, and beautiful."
If you have limited yard space, but still want to help support your local bird population, try out this hanging bird bath from Whitehall. This bird bath can utilize the space you do have by hanging on your balcony, your roof, or your backyard tree. Just make sure that when hanging, it is tall enough to keep the birds out of predators' harm. Because this bath is made of aluminum, it won't break as easily if it falls from its post like a glass bird bath would. Customers like this bird bath because it is "made well, pretty, and a great value."
Birds need to stay warm during the winter just like they need to stay cool during the summer, so heated bird baths like this one from Allied Precision Industries are perfect for those who live in colder climates. Contrary to popular belief, not all birds fly south for the winter, so it is especially important that they have a place to get water that isn't frozen. This bird bath provides warmth for birds in temperatures as low as -20 degrees F, making it like a little Jacuzzi for the birds during the winter. Customers like it because it is "durable and reliable" and "attracts birds like robins, bluebirds, and catbirds."
For an elegant fountain-style bird bath, look no further than this two-tier bird bath from Sunnydaze. This fountain bird bath features a gorgeously decorated bowl as well as a classically beveled pedestal. The fountain is also incredibly easy to use – all you have to do is plug it into an electrical outlet and put water into the bowl, then the fountain will do the rest. Customers love this bird bath because it is "easy to clean" and "looks great in the garden."
For those who want to have a fountain bird bath without the energy costs, try out a solar-powered fountain like this one from Solatec. This fountain is solely controlled by solar power, so not only does it save money, but it is also eco-friendly. It's important to note that this product is merely just a fountain, not a full bird bath. However, it can be placed in pretty much any bird bath to give it a fountain or would be great for a DIY bird bath project. The Solatec fountain is incredibly user-friendly – once it is in sunlight, it will automatically start pumping water. Customers like it because it is "gentle, affordable, and easy to install."
Once you have a bird bath picked out, keep these tips in mind when creating a little oasis for birds to come visit. Perhaps the most important thing that will draw birds to your yard is the location of your bird bath. You'll want to keep it visible so birds see it, but also close to shelter like trees. Don't keep it too close to branches if you are worried about cats, squirrels, and other critters scaring the birds away. When filling your bird bath with water, make sure it is shallow enough so the birds can still perch around the edge of the basin. Lastly, make sure you change the water frequently so it doesn't become overrun with bird droppings, algae, or mosquito eggs.