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The bird bath

Birds - Wild birds need water for drinking and bathing all year round. Tips: There is no point in putting a bird bath with water and just topping it up every day. That would only harm the birds. The birds also use most of the bird baths as a bathing establishment. If the bird baths are not cleaned daily, the birds will get infections from the contaminated water. Which can quickly lead to an epidemic among birds. It can come to the point that numerous birds have to die just because the bird bath has not been cleaned. If you do not have the time for daily cleaning, then you should do without a bird bath. The birds then look for a garden pond or a puddle in a meadow.

The star comes to the bird bath in summer and winter

Set up bird bath in summer

Birds are thirsty too. We have placed a shallow bowl with water for wild birds in the hope that they will only use it for drinking. But it doesn't work. One always wonders how much dirt accumulates in the bird bath in one day. Don't forget to empty your bird baths when you go on vacation. Otherwise there might be a nasty surprise when you come back.

House sparrows while drinking

As you can see, a bird bath doesn't even have to be expensive. You take an old bowl, put a stone in it and fill up with a maximum of 5 cm of water. If the house sparrows want to bathe, they first have to drive away the blackbirds or even the starlings. But that is not always easy. The blackbird is annoyed until it searches the distance.

Blackbird and House Sparrow

But now to the beautiful side of a bird bath in the garden or on the balcony. If you sit in the garden or on the balcony in spring or summer and take a look at the bird bath, you will be rewarded for constantly cleaning the bird bath. But see for yourself how extensively a great tit bathes in it. Shortly after the great tit finished its bath, the next tit was already there.

Great tit while bathing

When the starlings come to drink and bathe, there is always something going on in the garden. Even the house sparrows and green finches dare to go to the bird bath with the starlings. It is always nice to see how everyone bathes together. And remember, watering holes for birds are just as important in winter as they are in summer.

Starlings while bathing

As you can see, the wood pigeon and Turkish pigeons also come to the bird trough. The wood pigeon also has no problem drinking with starlings, because it is also thirsty. The Turkish pigeons also like to bathe.

Wood pigeon at the bird bath

When the bird bath becomes a resting place. The mallard finds the frying pan very convenient, it stayed in the frying pan for over an hour.

Mallard duck in the frying pan

Not only do birds come to the bird bath, but also cats and squirrels. Most of the time, the cats just want to catch birds. The star was lucky and escaped one more time.

The bird bath is always busy

Corvids can also be seen all the time in the garden at the bird bath. Not only are the magpies and jays coming, but also crows. When the crows come to the bird bath in the garden, the jay imitates the voice of the buzzard or cats to get rid of the crows faster.

Magpie at the bird bath in the garden

Set up bird bath in winter

I am asked again and again: Do birds need water in winter? Yes, birds need water for drinking and bathing all year round, as you can see in the next pictures.
Setting up bird baths in winter is important. Birds are thirsty even in winter. Even in winter, the birds use the bird baths not only for drinking, but also for bathing. Many species of birds, such as titmice, sparrows, finches and thrushes also come to bathe in winter. Fill in warm water, because then it will not freeze over so quickly.

Setting up bird baths in winter is important

Keep bird baths free of ice

In winter it is important to keep the bird bath free of ice. As you can see, old frying pans as bird baths are also winter-proof. In winter, fill the bird baths with warm water, so you can keep them free of ice for a while. If it gets too cold, put the bird bath on styrofoam, then the bird bath will stay ice-free longer. As you can see in the pictures, it is important that it remains ice-free. Birds drink not only in summer but also in winter. And as you can see here, the birds also bathe extensively in winter.

Keep bird bath free of ice in winter - birds also bathe in winter

Not only starlings, blackbirds, tits, thrushes, siskins, sparrows and pigeons come to drink and bathe, but also magpies, jays and crows come to the bird bath in winter.
And if the water freezes too quickly in winter, put a few apples in the garden and you will be amazed what is going on there. But see for yourself.

Fieldfare and starlings on the apple

Even during the breeding season, it is not wrong to have a few apples in the garden. As you can see here, house sparrows and other birds get apple pieces and bring them into the nest. This is how the birds provide their partners with liquid when they breed.
Always put a few apples in the garden in winter, because many songbirds eat from them when the bird bath is frozen over.

House Sparrow and Star on Apple

I could show you many more pictures, but it is much nicer to set up a bird bath yourself and to throw a few apples in the garden to watch what is going on. And you will see that a new bird comes into the garden every day.
And always remember that bird protection and nature conservation are important.

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