Helping the thirsty birdies

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Chazza

Helping the thirsty birdies

It's been desperatly dry here for a couple of week and the birdies are all looking very frazzled.

Would you gardeners mind putting out a bowl of cold fresh tap water for them every now and then? In return they'll eat their own body weight in pests twice a week.

A nice wide dish is good so they can have a quick bath as well.

Thanks on their behalf!

Chazza

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sam from worthing

thirsty birds

tell me about the lack of water Chazza!!!!!

i have a birdbirth, and twice a day i am filling it up, but its drying out in next to no time, or its being blown out of the bowl.

I also have put a HUGE plant pot saucer with a rock in the middle of it on the "what used to be called a lawn", near the bird table and that dries up just as quickly too.

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Expat Badger

Helping the thirsty birdies

i hadn't thought about giving the birds a drink/bath - will have to do that Chazza. I'm sure the cat will be pleased too - give her something to watch from the window while we're at work!

We had the most enormous storm Mon night - totally filled the water butt in about 10 mins. Was over as fast as it began but the rain was incredible

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tilly

bird water

Like Sam i am filling the bird bath twice daily , however i did have to move on a blackie that was bathing in the hens' water cheeky thing !

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Sue G

Helping the thirsty birds

We used to put an extra water in the garden for one of the dogs. Then we noticed the birds were using it more than the dog.
They also dive into the kids pool.

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Elpe

Bird bath

We have a bird bath that we clean & fill up every day as it's astonishing how messy it gets. I love it when a dove perches on the rim and gets a shower from the blackbirds thrashing about in the water - comical!

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Essex Girl

Bird Bath

We're keeping our bird bath topped up because they drink from it, sit in it and bath in it. Also have a couple of wide little dishes at ground level which they also drink from but were put out in case there were any thirsty hedgehogs around.

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Dottie May

Bird Bath

We've got three (two at the back of the house and one in the front) and I keep them topped up regularly. I love watching the blackbirds taking a bath and the little tom tits sitting near so they can enjoy a shower.

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Essex Girl

Bathing Birds

Oh yes, Dottie, the tits do love a shower don't they? What about the starlings - they have a challenge to see how many can bath at the same time!

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Karen`s Kitchen

Peskie magpies

Have you also noticed that when magpies pick up food they immediately go to the bird bath to dip it in. That`s why our one is full of breadcrumbs.

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Dolores

Helping the thirsty birdies

We have a large garden pond with a fountain that has a bath under it so just switch it on daily and water recirculates and fills bath in no time and birds love bathing in it...great to watch!!

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Essex Girl

Bird Bath

KK - I keep finding poo in ours!

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Elpe

Bird bath

Poo, food - - - and feathers! And they don't like it when it's dirty. Can't blame them!

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Chazza

Thirsty Birdies

Now the official hosepipe ban is on us I thought I'd ask everyone to leave some water out for the birds too if you can.

They like a wide, shallow bowl if possible, but anything is better than nothing. If you can only find something light put a rock in the middle to hold it down. Beware of cats.

They will eat lots of pests for you in return.

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Dottie May

Helping the thirsty birdies

Good to see you on line again Chazza but also surprised to see some of the comments were dated back in 2010 - mine included!! Birdies are still thirsty here in 2012...

 
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