I know the Sparrows arrive in the garden in a flock, but I hadn’t expected them all to want to take a bath at the same time!
Not to be outdone by the Blackbird, the Robin came for a bath today – I didn’t think it was possible, but the Robin splashed more water out of the bath than the Blackbird did!
I think this is the same female Blackbird, as she sits in the bath like it’s a nest, before splashing the water everywhere
….the birds are queuing for a bath – this female Blackbird was having a lovely time! To start with, she sat in the bird bath like it was a nest, before starting to splash the water over her back.
A bird bath that is – I think the birds were pleased that the bath was full…. although after all that splashing, I think I might need to top it up again!
Can you believe it’s already the 10th of June? I’m sure this month is flying past! And speaking of flying, today’s Saturday Special is one for our feathered friends, but also could be useful for any hedgehogs, foxes and even badgers that might visit your garden.
We’ve all seen those really fancy birdbaths that companies try to persuade us are essential to help the birds in the garden. Well of course they do need water provided, just not necessarily in one of those expensive baths!
All you need is a simple plastic plant pot saucer (you don’t want anything too shallow, as the birds need an inch or so of water to really get into their bath), and if you can find one, a large stone or pebble can come in handy.
This plant saucer from B&Q is almost identical to the one we’ve used
We placed a large stone against one side of the saucer just to weigh it down a little, as the pigeon tends to sit on one side and tip it over! But if you don’t get pigeons visiting all that often, then it’s not essential to add that in.
If the plant saucer is quite deep, you could add a stone or pebble onto the base just to make that part a little shallower for the smaller birds, but we didn’t find that necessary.
You will need to find a suitable place to put the saucer – there should be a good amount of open space around it (to allow the birds to keep an eye out for any cats), and ideally some plant cover they can fly into when they want to dry off. Then just fill up the saucer with water (top up as required, and remember to clean it out every now and then to keep it fresh), and once the birds spot it, they should be heading your way.
We’ve put our saucer on the steps, and the birds seem to adore it! I have also spotted a fox drinking some of the water overnight before, so it should prove helpful to other animals as well as the birds.
You can hear them long before they’re visible in the garden – the House Sparrows certainly don’t seem to be known for their silence! This particular family were regular visitors to the garden (and the bird bath) last year, and this spring they’ve rediscovered their love of sharing a bath.
However, by the look of things, these two males weren’t overly happy at the initial idea of sharing their bath water. After a brief moment of wing flapping though, they did settle down and share the bath.