2. Basic Bird Need: Water
Birds need a source of shallow water for drinking and bathing. Some tips:
- Birdbaths: Birds will use any source of standing or lightly trickling water, but most gardeners prefer to offer a birdbath that can be kept clean and free of mosquito larvae and bacteria.
- Water Features: Small streams and fountains are also great ways to offer water for birds.
- Design: The best water sources have a graduated “beach-like” entry, a nonslick surface, and are less than 3” deep. Add smooth gravel to the bottom for perching and balancing.
- Location: Wet birds aren’t as agile, so place your water feature near some trees and shrubs as a handy place to escape predators and dry off.
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