It’s Time to Provide Water
the hot and often dry conditions that make up the “dog days of summer,"
you will be doing yourself and your birds a big favor by providing them
with a reliable source of water.
Water is very important to
birds. Whether they are feeder visitors or not, birds need water.
Offering a dependable source of water is probably the simplest and most
important step you can take to greatly increase the variety of birds in
It can also significantly increase your enjoyment of
your birds by allowing you to watch their often comical antics as they
drink, bathe and preen.
However, as entertaining as it is for us,
water (or the lack thereof) can be deadly serious for birds. Birds must
be ready to fly at all times, and bathing is a critical part of feather
maintenance and staying in top-flight condition.
is also vitally important when it's extremely hot and a bird’s ability
to regulate its body temperature can become stressed. Birds do not sweat
and must remove excess body heat through their respiratory system. So
when temperatures rise, a bird's respiration rate increases, sometimes
to the point that it can be seen panting like a dog. This activity
dehydrates birds and increases their need for a reliable source of water
to replace lost fluids.
So, while the addition of a bird bath,
fountain or mister to your yard can supply hours of enjoyable bird
watching entertainment for you, it may also be providing a lifesaving
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