Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Birds Rely on Birdbaths in Winter Too

All birds need a constant supply of water for drinking and for bathing. During the winter months birds need water just as much as they do in the summer months, if not more. Available water keeps their feathers in good condition. This is so important because they rely on their feathers for insulation to keep them warm during the cold bitter winter months.

Many birds will drink more water during the winter months. This is because birds who feast on dry nuts do not get enough to hydrate them. Seed eaters also need plenty of water. Water compensates for the lack of moisture in their diet.

A pond or large water source is ideal for attracting birds and wildlife. Unfortunately, most of us do not have this in our yard. Your water source does not have to be elaborate. A simple birdbath, a shallow indentation lined with plastic in your flower bed or a secured inverted lid all will do the trick. Believe it or not, a simple puddle is just as sufficient for birds to use as a water source.

Just make sure that whatever you use, the birds are able to get in an out easily. And please be diligent about keeping all water sources clean and filled with fresh water. Don't forget to crack the ice that my form during the winter months.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that the bird population that frequent your yard during the winter and summer months are happy and healthy visitors.

7 comments:

ARTISANNE said...

Great advice! I live with the 'birdman' lol, so we're already doing it :0)

Walk in the Woods said...

Very nice. Today is seasonally warm ... with rain ... and the birds seem delighted!

Debra said...

Great post!! I love watching birds, I posted a pretty one on my blog the other day.

Mayhem said...

What a great little reminder...we're animal-friendly year round - I'll have to keep this in mind!

Bonghi Vestiti said...

As a bird junkie I totally agree...my son and I are total bird nerds...
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Great blog btw :)

KayzKreationz said...

I like this post. Reminds me I need to go out and check both my birdbaths. And feeders, for that matter.
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Dee said...

awww, I need to go out and a get bird bath! I have feeders on my tree right outside my window and I have so much fun watching them. I never really gave water a thought, seeing as we have a small creek a couple hundred yards away. But I better get one just to have it close by. I love reading your blog. :)