As I write this, I’m taking glances out the window in front of me, which gives me a lovely view of our backyard. What I see are the busy activities of sparrows, cardinals, blue jays, downy woodpeckers, and other birds — eating seed, bathing in a small puddle of melted snow, burying bits of suet in the bark of our ornamental pear tree. What I don’t see is a lasting water source for the birds.
Once the puddle of melted snow evaporates, there won’t be any consistent source of water in our yard where birds can quench their thirst and clean their feathers. We like to pride ourselves on being a bird-friendly family, so rectifying this situation is of the utmost importance, especially as spring migration is just around the bend.
An outdoor birdbath with a fountain feature is the ideal addition to a backyard bird pit stop. In fact, more birds are sure to come check out the fountain since they’re attracted to running water. My choice would be a solar birdbath fountain. Solar birdbaths and fountains require no special wiring and cost nothing to run because they are powered by an associated solar panel that absorbs energy from the sun. As long as the solar panel is placed in a sunny location, the birdbath fountain is sure to accomplish its task of bubbling and gurgling for the birds.
With a consistent water source in place and a continuous supply of seed and suet, we’ll be prepared to welcome more feathered friends to our backyard this spring and beyond.
When you live within earshot of a busy road or train tracks, relaxing outside on your porch, patio, or deck may not be all that relaxing. Train whistles, sirens, honking vehicles, and even the steady drone of cars and trucks passing along the road can interrupt your need for silent reverie.
Music played quietly nearby can effectively draw your attention away from the road noises. When sitting outside, though, what most of us prefer to hear is nature’s own music. Birds, gentle breezes, flowing water. One of the most common ways to bring the soothing sounds of nature into your outdoor living spaces is to introduce a solar water fountain.
Water fountains, in general, provide you with the gentle and relaxing sounds of flowing water. The constant trickling and gurgling of the water mimics the natural sounds of a mountain brook and quite effectively masks the noises that drift over from nearby roads. Solar water fountains, in particular, make it easy to place the fountain in any sunny spot where you prefer to sit, even when electrical outlets are nowhere near. Solar water fountains draw their energy from the sun, so no electrical components or wiring are required to make them work.
Water fountains, solar or otherwise, may not be able to completely mask the noise of train whistles and sirens — no outdoor sound device can do this completely. But, they do reduce significantly the constant whirring and buzzing of passing traffic that too frequently disturbs quiet moments, and they leave you free to enjoy the music of nature in your own backyard.