Offer Your Friends a Drink

Offer your friends a drink...Your feathered friends, that is. :)  Birds get most of their summer water from the insects they eat and from berries, fruit, etc., but they still enjoy a cool drink.  As well, birds bathe often in summer to help remove parasites, clean their skin, and remove oil and dirt from their feathers to keep them in good condition.

In hot weather, it is difficult for our feathered friends to find water, so don’t forget to top up your bird bath, if you have one, or set out something as simple as this sectioned dish I used. (above)  It’s a heavy plastic “plate”, saved from a TV dinner, and it works just fine as a bird saloon.  We’ve had baby chickadees romp in the shallow water, and several other birds that have come for a quick drink.  A dish like this is easy to clean and should be filled with fresh water daily — at the end of the summer, you can toss it in the recycle bin.

Now, to get a photo!


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

5 thoughts on “Offer Your Friends a Drink”

  1. I am so glad that you reminded everyone about the birds needing water this summer. When ever I set out the sprinkler they go nuts. I do have a mini bird bath set out for them and they love that one. It gets replenished every day, and we are all happy.


    (You’re visitor # 40404 by the way.) The little birds — chickadees and finches — love the little dish I set out, proving that it doesn’t have to be very large, or expensive to give them a drink. They really must love your sprinkler!

  2. I love setting the sprinkler on a gentle mist for twenty minutes or so…the birds are so happy! gail

    They would be, indeed. :) I long for the day when I can have a sprinkler again — if I had one this evening, I’d be running through it in my skivvies, I think! Hot day/night here in Nova Scotia. :-p

  3. Thanks for reminding everyone about such an important need. With our 40 days over 100, I am filling 7 birdbaths or deer water bowls daily — sometimes twice a day. I see the deer drink from their mosaic bowl 5-10 times a week, and they drink from the real bird baths, too! I have several shallow things on the ground, too, for other little critters like squirrels.

    Good for you, Diana — I’m sure all the critters appreciate your thoughtfulness. :)

  4. What a clever idea, Nancy! I need to head out first thing and not only make sure the birdbaths have water, but make sure the mosquito larvae are not present!! Best wishes. :-)

    Thanks, Shady! We’re having a heat wave…la, la, la…here in Nova Scotia right now and I think the little birds are grateful. I’ve been watching them this morning and they’ve been drinking regularly. I also think they like to use it as a mirror!

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