Birds Need Water in Winter

For the winter months, I take the birdbath bowl off the pedestal and place it on the ground near the bird feeder, just outside my kitchen window. With the bowl on the ground, it's easier for me to empty the water and keep the bowl clean without the use of the water hose.

Cold weather has arrived and the birds are here wanting food and water. They seem to like the bowl on the ground better than on the pedestal. Even on the cold days, they love to take a dip. When one comes and starts fluttering in the water, it gets the attention of the others and they want to get in the water too.

I get so much pleasure watching them from my kitchen window. I keep a pair of binoculars handy and can see their eyes and markings up close. I love watching them splash in the water. It puts a big smile on my face.

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November 30, 20130 found this helpful

That is so sweet! I think that is a good idea!

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December 11, 20140 found this helpful

When the temperature is going to drop below freezing, I make sure I empty the bird bath bowl because in the morning the water will be frozen and the birds will be hopping around on the ice looking for water.

I wait until the temperature gets near or above freezing before adding fresh water to the bowl.

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December 15, 20150 found this helpful

Those handsome specimens appear to be the Eastern Bluebird. You are so fortunate!


Where I am, it's often mentioned about Robins going South for the Winter.They do disappear from this area for a month or so in early Fall. But in dead Winter, they're all back...and they do need water.

Once, my large, open rain barrel was full to the top and covered in a thin sheet of ice. A Robin found a hole on the ice. He enlarged it and proceeded to bathe in the icy water. LG, you are so right.

Your post reminded me I should start buying supplies now for making suet for the birds.. Not only do they need water, they also need a diet higher in fat during the Winter.

Thanks for your post and nice picture.

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December 6, 20160 found this helpful

I feed some neighborhood cats, keeping a bowl of dry food on my large and covered porch. I also have a heated water bowl since water is hard to come by in the winter. Birds flock to my porch in the winter to both eat the food and drink the water. The cats don't seem to bother them. It seems as if the porch is a truce area for starving animals--all are welcome.

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December 8, 20160 found this helpful

I have a bird bath and use a bird bath heater I bought from Tractor Supply. I keep two bird feeders full, make my own suet, fill a container we have nailed to the tree with peanuts (unsalted) for the squirrels but the bluejays, woodpeckers and starlings partake of the peanuts as well.


I can see all of this from my kitchen window and keep my binoculars nearby. I love it! And right now my chickadees have returned for winter.

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