Saturday, 6 June 2015

Day 06 Give the Birds a Drink

I stopped worrying about my random acts of wildness being too simple and decided that today I'd make a little water station for the garden birds that are coming to the feeders hanging in my Acer tree.  

An easy task which involved digging out a small hole, sinking a double diner plastic cat bowl into it, adding small stones to the bottom of the bowls before filling them with water.  Then to stop any soil falling back into it I added some small pieces of slate I had to the edges.

Each bowl is more than big enough for a small garden bird to have a drink and even a wash from so all I need to do now is make sure that I top the water up daily.


Of course I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I'm not really happy with the pieces of slate as edging so I will no doubt replace them with some stone similar to what I have around the edges of my pond. In the meantime, at least the birds now have somewhere to grab a quick drink when visiting the garden to feed.

UPDATE

Eventually I got round to 
changing this little water station 
to something a little more
pleasing to the eyes:

 

8 comments:

  1. Ha ha, seems a bit ironic using a cat bowl for the birds! Great idea though - I might nick that one as I've been thinking about how I can make my garden more bird friendly.

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    1. No problem Julie, go for it. I read to use stones in the bottom to stop the birds sliding around on the plastic. Just waiting to see them use it now.

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  2. I love seeing the birds have a splash about!! Great use of a cat bowl. Sarah

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    1. Thanks, not much to look at really with this one and I'm not sure I like the finished results as it is. Will probably have to alter it at some point.

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  3. I like this one, specially the ironic repurposing of a cat bowl!

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  4. Good Idea, I do have a bird bath, but they have now found the pond and started bathing in that, they do like a soil bath too often found rolling round in pots. So I might make a sand pit for mine this week.
    Amanda xx

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  5. Great idea. Have you seen the insect drinking station idea too? I used to have an old lunchbox filled with water with some large pebbles in it for bugs to sit on... another 30 days wilder made one using marbles! http://matthew-woodhouse-wsgl.squarespace.com/new-blog-avenue/30-days-wild

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    1. Thanks Louise, will have a look.

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