Imagine this: you’re sitting out on your porch with a cup of coffee or tea, looking out at your garden. You see your beautiful bird bath full of sparkling water – but birds not coming to new bird bath!
Luckily, the question of how to attract birds to your bird bath is simple. For starters, you must ensure the fixture is clean, the water is moving, and that you position your bird bath in the correct spot in your garden.
If you really want to be sure they come, read on for eight bird bath tips!
Table of Contents
- 8 Ways to Attract Birds to Your Bird Bath
- Frequently Asked Questions
8 Ways to Attract Birds to Your Bird Bath
What to prepare
Here are a few things to prepare to upgrade your bird bath:
- The right birdbath
- Clean water
- Fountains or water pumps
- Rocks (optional)
- Water heater (optional)
To make it easier, you only need to remember three categories when getting birds to use a bird bath: placement, setup, and maintenance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I place a bird bath?
It’s best to place your bird bath in the shade, near but not directly beside trees and shrubbery. You should also avoid putting it too close to feeders and nest boxes, and avoid windows as well, since birds can’t tell they’re barriers due to all the reflections.
If your house has kids and pets, put the birdbath somewhere they cannot access.
List of birds that use birdbaths
The specific bird in a bird bath in your garden naturally depends on where you live and the species that live close by. But generally, here are the birds that use birdbaths:
Why aren’t birds using my bird bath?
If your birdbath placement, setup, and maintenance are perfect, yet birds are still not using your birdbath, it may be for other reasons.
You may live near a natural water source, such as a pond, which birds find more attractive.
Birds also tend to rely on bird baths less during wetter, rainy months. You’ll have more chances of spotting them in the hot summer!
How long does it take for birds to come to a new bird bath?
It’s very rare for birds to begin using a newly installed bird bath instantly. Generally, avians start using new bird baths within 2-4 weeks.
What time of day do birds use bird baths?
Once your bird bath has developed a reputation as a go-to place, you can expect birds to come to bathe anytime, any day.
However, as you observe your visitors, you may notice each species’ preference. A group of warblers, for instance, were spotted by a New Jersey homeowner regularly bathing every day at dusk!
What are the benefits of having many birds visiting my yard?
Birds aren’t freeloaders: they help you just as much as you help them. When birds visit your yard, they eat your insects, the seeds of your weeds, and may even pollinate some of your flowers!
Additionally, studies have shown that houses with an “active bird life” have higher values in the property market.
Having birds in your yard is excellent not only because they are cheerful and colorful, but also because they offer free garden maintenance.
How to attract birds to your bird bath is a simple enough matter: just put yourself in their little shoes and imagine how you’d like your bath.
You’ll likely find that despite the differences in size and shape, we all like our baths the same way: safe, clean, refreshing, and reliable.
George and I became friends after a birdwatching trip with our new group. And we have been enjoying every adventure together. When he told me the idea of establishing a site that shares our experiences and fun, I immediately agreed. After trials and errors, here we have Thayerbirding.