Winter baths and drinks for birds

Photo by Chris Bosak A northern mockingbird drinks from a birdbath in New England, January 2021.

We all know it’s important to offer water as well as food for our feathered friends. It can be discouraging, however, to watch a birdbath day after day and not see any birds using it. They typically aren’t as busy as birdfeeders with a constant stream of birds using it. Factor in the sub-zero temperatures associated with a New England and, unless you have a heated birdbath or bubbler, your birdbath often holds simply a block of ice. I don’t have a bubbler or headed birdbath, but I have been diligent about pouring a few cups of hot water on the block of ice a few times a day to give the birds a water option. I’ve been rewarded with a few sighting over the past week. There hasn’t been a ton of activity but enough to make my trips to the yard worthwhile. Here are a few shots of the visitors.

Photo by Chris Bosak A white-throated sparrow visits to a New England backyard, January 2021.
Photo by Chris Bosak A white-throated sparrow visits to a New England backyard, January 2021.
Photo by Chris Bosak A northern mockingbird drinks from a birdbath in New England, January 2021.

 

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