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Not just for the birds

Not just for the birds (1)

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 00:00

Spruce up an ordinary bird bath

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We had been selling sprinklers and small indoor fountains at art and garden shows for a while when one of our customers asked if we had ever made a fountain for a bird bath.  You could have heard us smack our heads ala "I could have had a V8!" (no promotional value for V8 here - we're just saying...).  <

Charlie went back to his workshop and created two models - the single morning glory and the double morning glory.  They've been used in a variety of settings - bird baths, ponds, and indoor installations where a little water splash isn't a major concern.

We were a bit skeptical when we set the first one up in our backyard nearly ten years ago.  Would birds like it? Could/would they use it? There were no "takers" for a couple weeks, but as the birds adjusted to the new element in our yard, they started to hop on the flowers and take sips of water. Over the years, we've watched lots of birds (particularly chickadees and finches) take baths perched on the fountain flowers and rocks under the water streams.  Even robins get in on the action. Robins take full advantage of any water available to them when they are bathing (they are great fun to watch; as a heads-up, the water supply in the fountain usually needs to be replenished after these bad boys take their baths.

Currently, our bird bath sits under our dining room window. From there, we can watch birds come and go for their water routines (and to eat from the feeders).

If you are installing a fountain in a bird bath, you will need one that is at least four inches deep so that the pump is covered. We place rocks in the bottom of our bird bath to help stabilize the copper artwork, but more importantly, to give our bird friends a place to land.

See our two copper fountains here.

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