|Photo: Johnson's Nursery Inc.|
Birds also love to dip and splash, but are fussy about where they bathe. From their point of view, the ideal bird bath is in a cat-free neighborhood, close to brushy shrubs where they can hide if they’re disturbed and feel protected as they dry. If you’ve put out a birdbath that goes unused, try moving it. When it’s in a suitable location, birds will find it soon and return regularly.
In hot weather, birds bathe daily, and you’ll have to refill the bath every morning or evening. The water should be shallow – one to two inches is deep enough, and the bottom should provide good traction. If you have a birdbath that’s slick inside, spread a layer of gravel in the bottom. In cold climates, a birdbath with a built-in heating element will keep the birds happy all winter.
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