Where are your birdies bathing? Hmm?

Hey the heat is on and your local wildlife is feeling it big time.  It’s easy to offer your neighborhood birds some relief that does not entail opening the doors and windows of your home to the great outdoors to invite our fine feathered friends inside for some air conditioning.  Create a little bird beach with whatever you’ve got on hand that holds water, is no more than three inches high and which is fairly durable to avoid breakage.  I simply put to use an old children’s plastic picnic table for a level steady base and set on it a durable 20 inch round plastic dish that is about 3 inches high. By placing this all under or near some trees or bushes allows the birds to scan for predators before indulging in drinking and bathing.  The plastic dish is easy to clean out every day with a rinse and scrub before refilling with fresh clean water.  My local wingers seem to enjoy loitering on the lower picnic bench seats and extra table space. Hence, my calling it a “bird beach.” Yes, the squirrels like it too. But they’ve not chewed on it or hauled it off.  Nor have I witnessed any squirrels mugging any birds.  Everyone seems very polite and patient waiting their turns in the branches of the dead pine tree nearby. O yes, they do seem to keep their own sense of order out there where it’s hot even under the trees.

The orange plastic container featured in this video shows how simple it can be offer birds the water they need to survive. A bird bath does not need to be expensive or fancy. It just needs “to be” in order to offer some life-sustaining water. Please share your bird bathing creations at will.

Thanks to VAbirdwatcher for posting this video complete with music on youtube.


  1. Roxie said,

    July 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

    great post, Eva! I keep three bird baths in the sanctuary and they’re all used daily! It’s such an awesome sight. One of my poems was about how cats, birds, bees and wasps refreshed themselves at the bird baths in the heat of summer… 🙂

    • July 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you, Roxie. More thanks for those three bird baths. You’ve got a water park going there. Hey, post a link to your poem if you like!

      • Roxie said,

        July 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

        yes, a feeding and water park, lol…the poem is out for subs, haven’t put it on my site, cause it wants a home away from home, perhaps one that will pay to keep it, hehehe…thanks, though 😉

      • August 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        Any word on getting ink for poem yet?

  2. clegyrboia said,

    July 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    lovely colourful birds you have in the garden

    • July 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Oh, mAgdA! If I had one of those little camcorders you’d see a veritable bird circus. Hello. Good to see you.

  3. July 22, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I took the plastic dish I have under a big potted plant and filled it with a couple of inches of water. During our hot spell, robins came from everywhere to bathe and drink this water. I could tell it was appreciated.

    • July 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Oh yeah, those plant dishes are just right, Al. Everyone appreciates water every day, but especially on HOT ones!

  4. slpmartin said,

    July 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I put in a little pond which is used by quail, rabbits, squirrels, birds, and a bobcat…and perhaps a few other creatures that I don’t want to know about. 😉 Hope others will join your effort.

    • July 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      “A few other creatures that I don’t want to know about.” LOL, what great line, Charles. I’m sure all the creatures you do know about thank you every time they visit your little pond.
      As for the effort–me too. I know people who put out seed all time but never water. It’s just a matter of taking a few minutes to come up something that works for your location. We just need to pause long enough to figure that out.

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