Prepping Birdbaths For Winter

A Junco, House Finch and Sparrow Enjoying a Warm Birdbath Last Winter
A Junco, House Finch and Sparrow Enjoying a Warm Birdbath Last Winter

All birds need water. If you make it available year-round, you’ll find that it can be as much of an attraction as putting out seed or suet. In fact, birds that might have no interest in eating at a feeder may come to visit your yard if there is water. Providing water when the temperatures dip into freezing levels, requires some adjustments, but it isn’t hard.

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Keeping Cats Out of Birdbaths

DIY Ground Birdbath
DIY Ground Birdbaths

I have several birdbaths in my yard year-round. Several are right on the ground or very close to the ground. While birds seem to love these low and ground birdbaths, neighborhood cats see them as an opportunity to hunt. To keep cats out of the birdbaths, I have two strategies: 1) Set up a simple “all natural” birdbath defense for the low birdbaths and 2) Get birdbaths up away from cat hiding spots. It is working very well.

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