My Newest DIY Birdbath Has Something to Hide!

Last Updated on June 14, 2024 by Nancie

DIY Birdbath With Something to Hide
DIY Birdbath With Something to Hide

I have several birdbaths in my yard and all but one is a simple inexpensive DIY version. You really don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to offer birds water. Several of mine are simply large plant saucers from the local home improvement store that I set on the ground and keep filled with water year-round. (In the winter, I add a heater to one of them.) But I decided recently to create one more. This one actually has a base so that it sits higher . . . and it has something hidden underneath it!

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My home gets its water from a well. The well itself is hidden underground of course, but the top of the pipe and its cap rise about fifteen inches out of the ground in the middle of the backyard. It doesn’t look great, but we’ve got to have water right? Several years ago, we created an island flower garden and decided to site it around the well head to camouflage it a bit. Originally there was a small bush directly in front of the well head but when we had to replace the pump inside the well last fall, the bush got crushed. (This is a downside to using a garden to hide something that will eventually need work.)

The Pipe Peeking Up From the Well Isn't Pretty
The Pipe Peeking Up From the Well Isn’t Pretty

This spring, the now exposed well head was staring out of the garden at me. I decided instead of trying to hide it behind another bush, that I’d instead hide it a little more thoroughly but so that it could very easily be uncovered as needed. I decided that I could make it functional by hiding it inside of a DIY birdbath. I’ve really pleased with the result and so have the backyard birds.

To make the birdbath, I went to my local home improvement store (Lowes) and bought a pot tall enough to sit upside down over the well head and a saucer to set on top of this. The pot itself didn’t come with a saucer, so I needed to buy one separately. I chose a resin pot instead of ceramic or terra cotta so that I can leave them out in the winter without having to worry as much about it cracking in the cold. I spent about $19 on the pot and another $7 on the saucer.

DIY Birdbath With Something to Hide
DIY Birdbath With Something to Hide

The birdbath is very lightweight and so very easy to move. The pipe hiding underneath should keep the pot from blowing in strong wind. (If you don’t have a well head to hide, you could put something heavy like a rock inside if you are worried it might move in the wind.) The weight of the water keeps the saucer in place. Note: If you have larger critters that jump up or lean on the saucer to drink, they can tip the saucer off but no harm is done.

American Goldfinch Enjoys the New Birdbath
American Goldfinch Enjoys the New Birdbath

It always takes birds a little while to find something new in the yard. I didn’t see the birdbath get any business on the first day or two but since then, I’ve seen American Goldfinches stop for a drink on the way to their feeders around on the other side of the house several times, the occasional Mourning Dove and a group of House Finches. The smaller birds seem to like the little lilac bush near the bath as a place to perch before they drink.

We have very aggressive mosquitos, so I am extra vigilant about not letting water stand outside for too long. I usually refill my birdbaths at least every two to three days (more often if the water gets dirty), which keeps the water clean for the birds and keeps the mosquitos from using the water to host their egg production.

My new birdbath is simple. I like it. I think it fits the style of our yard. If you have a more formal yard, you could of course make one with a fancier looking pot. And you don’t even have to hide something under it!

2024 Update: This birdbath has been in use since 2017. Seven years later, it still is doing well. The bright color peeled off the pot after a couple years so now it is a medium grey. But it continues to work fine and is a favorite of many of the birds in my yard, especially for taking baths in the shallow water.

Nancie

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5 thoughts on “My Newest DIY Birdbath Has Something to Hide!

  1. I also NEVER have a tree cut completely flush with the ground, so that I have stumps that I use to place saucers & large, low serving dishes on for bird baths. I buy these @ Goodwill or garage sales! : ) Yes, eventually the stump will rot & fall apart, but even then, I know that some relatives of ours have had a pileated woodpecker in their yard due to a rotting stump! WINNING! : )

    1. Hi Susie,
      My husband and I took a garden tour at Mt Cuba Center in Delaware a couple weeks ago. The woman doing the tour pointed out some of the raised tree trunks they had left. They weren’t cut straight across, but rather in a couple levels like a stair step. It was interesting. She called the cut something particular but I can’t remember what. It’s something I meant to look up . . . I like the idea of using a stump to hold a birdbath.

      We had a really big pine tree fall in our back yard a few years ago. (Wrote a post about it at the time.) Still miss that tree. It was really popular with birds . . . and it still is. When it first fell, it was winter and we left a lot of it laying in place for a couple months to serve as cover for the birds. They loved it. Gradually we cut it up and moved most of the branches, etc to brush piles in the back of the yard. But we still have a couple big pieces of the log laying in place. The Carolina Wrens pop in and out of there all the time and right now there is a Brown Thrasher poking around in there too. (Black Raspberry bushes have grown up around it.) Cardinals and other birds get in there too. I think yards evolve over time in interesting ways.

      Nancie

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