Wild birds always appreciate when you put food out for them especially at times of the year when their food sources are scarce and they will return time and time again to your garden if they know there is food there for them. But what birds enjoy more than anything is splashing around in water and by installing a solar water fountain birdbath in your backyard you will attract more and more varieties of wild birds to visit you.
As solar fountains run on the Sun's energy they are very simple to install and free to run. There is also the added advantage that because they do not need to be sited close to an electrical power source you can locate one anywhere you like on your property.
There are a large range of solar birdbath fountains on the market today and you are sure to be able to find one to suit your outdoor space and also your budget. There are the classic two-tier fountain designs in re-constituted stone to look like the antique water features you would find in an old country house garden.
Then there are the more modern designs in metal; copper or black iron, which look wonderful when the sun shines on them, or in a bronze or verdigris finish. There are also ceramic solar fountains in the form of large bowls which tend to be close to the ground and so are not suitable for birds if you or your neighbors have a cat or if there are any other predators around.
Most of the solar fountains which are specifically designed as birdbaths offer a shallow bowl on a raised pedestal which is the perfect design for birds. Situating one close to your bird table but also where you can see it from your window will enable you to watch your feathered visitors who will no doubt be calling every day to enjoy the facilities.
The perfect situation for your fountain will be in a clear area of your backyard and not underneath any overhanging trees. This is not only because the solar panel in the fountain needs to be exposed to sunlight for the water pump to function, but also any falling leaves could block up the fountain or cover the solar panel and stop it working efficiently. It is a good idea to check your birdbath every few days to make sure it is functioning correctly and has not accumulated any debris.