Bird Bath Reviews:
Putting a bird bath
in your backyard will surely draw in plenty of birds. If you are a bird watcher of any kind, you will find lots of varieties of birds only a few feet from your house. Birds need water just as much as food and by placing a bird bath in your yard, the birds will have a trusted source of water they can feed on. Basic bird baths are great but you can also add waterfalls, misters, or drippers to lure even more birds and wildlife. Birds like the sound of tricking water so a bird bath fountain
where the water circulates is an excellent choice. Bird baths are made out of stone, cement, copper, concrete, mosaics, plastic, glass, marble, brass, and other metals. Your climate will be a big factor in deciding just which material you go with and where the bird bath will be located in your yard. Try putting the bird bath in an area that gets plenty of sunshine and also where cats will have a harder time getting to.
What type of bird bath is best?
- If you have decks or porches around your house, there are bird baths that connect right to the wood railings (deck mount). There are hanging bird baths that hang from trees, overhangs, and awnings. For those of you who live in colder weather climates, having a heated bird bath
will ensure that the water remains above freezing and at a temperature conducive to birds actually using it. The bird bath plugs into an electrical outlet and heats the water. Ideally your yard gets enough sun that a solar powered bird bath is all you need (limited effort on your part). I have a pedestal bird bath that is located in a sunny corner of my yard that gets overcrowded in the warmer months with too many birds fighting for position near the water. To attract even more birds, I was considering buying a water fountain bird bath that would be more extravagent. I'm lucky enough to get chickadees, catbirds, robins, vireos, woodpeckers, cardinals and redstarts that use the bird bath regularly. The only problem is with feeding all these birds. If you put out any bird seed near the bath, it's gone within a day. We have owned many bird baths over our lifetime and my parents have several as well so I'm familiar with what is successful and what to stay away from. I would say the only kind of bird bath to be careful with are the hanging bird baths. All too often the birds get it swinging and the water comes right out. I've even seen the water splash out on all over dog (funny). They can become a hassle to keep refilling so avoid them if you can. The deck mounted bird baths are simple to install but if there are cats in your yard or neighborhood, the birds are easy prey as cats can sneak up on them really easily. I prefer the pedestal bird baths placed in an open area of your yard where birds can either see or sense when a cat may be on the prowl. If you can afford the heated bird baths, it's a great way to keep birds happy year round. Fountain bird baths are beautiful, but do require a little more upkeep since there moving parts and we've heard that the tubing for the water can get congested and clogged with bird droppings or debris. Below are the best models we could find with high customer satisfaction ratings and good results. Amazon.com and Birdbaths.com carry many of the models we list, so go online to purchase them. You can browse the best selling bird baths online here
Best Bird Bath:
The API 645 Bird Bath Bowl
($40) - a deck mounting brackets lets you easily attach this unit and the tilt-to-clean feature makes emptying/cleaning it simple. The basis is 20" x 2" deep and the shape of the rim allows birds to grasp it like a natural perch. Owners say it was easy to install, attracts all types of birds, and makes viewing great since it can be put right near windows and doors on your decking. Many reviewers in apartments or condos with limited or no yards love this model since now they can birdwatch too. As a caveat, cats are attracted to birds and this model makes birds very susceptible to being surprised by felines as more than owner mentioned cat problems. Cleaning is quite easy too, just tilt the basin (hinge mounted) and the dirty water will flow out. Then refill as needed. Allied Precision (API) makes some of the most durable and highly rated bird baths on the market. Check out their entire inventory online here
Heated Bird Bath:
The API 650 Heated Bird Bath with Mounting Bracket
($60) is almost identical to the model above except now the water can be heated (so it never freezes). There is a built-in thermostat under the surface to keep water luke warm in harsher climates. The 120 volt heater operates at 150 watts and plugs right into an outlet. Once again, if cats are an issue in your area, we suggest going with a pedestal heated model so that birds are such easy prey. The Heated Bird Bath Bowl & Pedestal ($80) is a top seller in this category and works great in extreme climates where the possibility of freezing water exists. The heater is controlled by a thermostat so the water remains warm enough for birds to enjoy even during the winter months. During summer you can detach the 15-inch power cord. Owners say it's easy to install, attracts lots of birds, and works great in front or back yards. If you are going for the simplest one on the market, go with the API 600 20-Inch Diameter Heated Bird Bath Bowl
- it's almost identical to the API 650 listed above but it doesn't have the mounting bracket. Just plug it in and let the built-in thermostat go to work. No more freezing water.
Water Fountain Bird Bath:
The Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain
($100) is one of the most popular models available. The fountain is solar powered (you will need some sun). The solar panel provides the power to a low voltage water pump and the water flows around the basin and recycles in the hidden reservoir. The 2 inch bathing depth is perfect for birds of all sizes and the sounds of splashing water will attract the birds. One drawback to this bird bath is that the water pump must never be run dry, so you will have to make sure there is always water in the bath on days when the sun is out. If you want a basic water fountain bird bath that plugs in and guarantees constant water movement with or without sunshine, we recommend the Lit Fountain Birdbath
($110) on the Drsfostersmith.com website. You get a bell spout and a soft light that birds flock to.
Luxury Bird Bath:
The Milano Bird Bath Fountain
($880) has cast stone construction with a modern design. The hand crafted bird bath fountain will surely be the centerpiece of your garden. A water pump and floral putty for sealing are included. There are 10 finished available on this fountain (natural, aged limestone, alpine stone, chandoline, copper bronze, english moss, florentine moss, greenstone, terra vecchia, and verde). If you talk with your local landscaper or gardener, you may be able to install a full fledge water feature with fountain and bird bath in your yard for not much more than $1000. It's worth looking into if you want something more elaborate than just a stand along bird bath fountain. See the luxury bird baths on Amazon.com here