We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
2510 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97405
Phone: (541) 844-1788
Fax: (541) 844-1732
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun - Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Eugene's Wild Bird and Nature Experts... Call us about monthly seminars, bird walks, and any wild bird questions...we're all about the birds!
Bird Baths from Glass to Aggregate, Water Wigglers,
Bird Bath Stands, Heated Baths for Winter, more!
During summer's hot weather, you can do birds a big favor by providing them with a reliable source of water.
Water is crucial to birds, whether they are feeder visitors or not. Offering a dependable source of water is probably the simplest and most important step you can take to greatly increase the health and well-being as well as the variety of birds in your yard.
Water is vitally important when it is warm out since a bird’s ability to regulate its body temperature becomes stressed at this time. Birds cannot sweat and must remove excess body heat through their respiratory system. So when temperatures rise, a bird's respiration rate increases, sometimes to the point that it can sometimes be seen panting like a dog .....or you might see it holding its mouth open. This activity helps regulate internal heat, but also causes dehydration, too, increasing birds' need for a reliable source of water to replace lost fluids.
Water can also significantly increase your enjoyment of your birds by allowing you to watch their often comical antics as they drink, bathe and preen.
However, as entertaining as it is for us, water (or lack thereof) can be deadly for birds. Birds must be ready to fly at all times, and bathing is a critical part of feather maintenance and staying in top-flight condition.
Western Bluebird parents and youngsters, congregating at a birdbath
Birds use baths both for drinking and for bathing, and almost every species of bird in your yard will visit a birdbath. This includes both the common feeder-visiting birds and other birds that rarely visit feeders, such as black phoebes, robins, flickers, and bluebirds. While baths will not have as much constant activity as a seed feeder, their benefits to birds are significant and they have minimal ongoing costs (no seed to buy!) making baths an ideal feeder complement.
Evening Grosbeaks enjoying a Dripper-mister on a birdbath
Birdbath water should be replaced at least every few days, the exact frequency depending on bird usage, evaporation, other sources of litter (i.e. overhanging trees), other users (raccoons, squirrels, etc.) and water capacity. During summer's heat, very shallow dishes may need to be refilled every day or even twice a day. If practical, giving your bath a quick rinse with your garden hose before each refilling will go a long way towards keeping it clean. Barbara rubs the birdbath brush over ours quickly between each filling, which means cleaning it is never an ordeal. If more serious cleaning is needed, the next step is to use a firm-bristled scrub brush to remove grime and dried-on debris before rinsing and refilling. This should be adequate for most cleaning; on occasion you may wish to apply a specialty bird-safe birdbath cleaning product or a low concentration (10% or less) bleach solution before scrubbing, rinsing, and refilling. Just rinse very thoroughly if you use any substance beyond water in the bath.
Some baths are simply dishes set on the ground, while others stand on pedestals, attach to poles or deck railings, or have chains or wires for hanging. Your choice of bath will have some effect on the birds you attract: very small baths will discourage large birds; lower baths will be visited more often by ground-feeding birds such as quail. Choose a shallow basin to allow small songbirds to bathe in your bath, at most 1.5" deep. If the dish is too deep, stones placed in the bath may allow smaller birds to bathe safely, rather than just perching on the edge to drink. In general though, almost any bath that isn’t obviously too deep will attract birds—get one that looks good and fits in your yard!
We carry a wide and always changing selection of freestanding or hanging metal, concrete-aggregate, and metal and plastic birdbaths.
|Shallow basins attract small birds like House Finches
||Sturdy aggregate baths are long-lasting
and come in several sizes and heights.
Glass or Metal Baths...
Glass bowl baths add color to your yard as well as attract birds with the water. The gorgeous designs and colors add beauty to your yard even when birds are not present, and you could place clear glass rocks in the bottom to allow smaller birds to bathe.
Decorative glass baths come in many designs and
Recycled aluminum hanging baths are also available.
For Small Spaces
Hanging baths are available in recycled aluminum, glass, or plastic versions.
Deck-mounted birdbaths are another flexible option for placing a birdbath
Accessories to Attract More Birds
A couple of really useful items include our Water Wigglers, designed to move water in the bath to attract birds, which has a side benefit of preventing mosquitoes from breeding in your bath, as the water moves too much for them! Another item is a Dripper-Mister. This device clips to most birdbaths and can be set to either drip or send a soft spray over your birdbath. Most birds will perch on the end of the dripper to grab drops of water before they fall, or if set as a mister, hummingbirds love to play in water, and you may find hummingbird cavorting in the mist!
Black-capped Chickadees love the Dripper and hummingbirds love mist! The Dripper-Mister gives you both options...
Here, a goldfinch and oriole come to drink where a Water Wiggler is in use, aerating the water and keeping mosquitoes away.