Add a Water Element to Your Bird Feeding Station

Your bird feeding station may attract more birds with the addition of a water element.

| August/September 2003

Moving water makes a great addition to any bird feeding station, often attracting birds that do not eat the various seeds normally offered. Even a small drip of water will attract many birds. You can make this dripper device for about $20, using the materials listed below.

Build your tower of couplings from large to small. Wrap the threads with Teflon tape, and then snug them up tight for a leakproof set of reducing couplings that connects the end of your garden hose to the inch copper tubing.

Next, choose how you want to shape your tubing. The unit pictured has a spiral twist, first bent around a big tin can, then a smaller one and then an even smaller one for smooth curves. Don't bend your tubing too close to the compression fitting, as this can cause cracking.

Position the dripper just above any broad, shallow dish that will hold water. Ours is a concrete birdbath, placed on a log that fits right into our naturalized setting.

A large screw eye, carefully pried open and then closed around your reducing couplings and screwed into a stake will anchor the system. The "Y" connector attaches to the faucet so other hoses can be used. In order to conserve water, we don't run the dripper all the time.

We do fill the birdbath once a day to keep it fresh. When we have company or on days off, we let it trickle so we can enjoy the extra activity it brings to the bird area. Robins, hummingbirds, catbirds, thrushes and even a grouse or two, usually not attracted by seed feeders, are drawn to this water in our backyard garden.

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