LIL' SNORKEL CAT GARDEN BIRD BATH STATUE CEMENT/CONCRETE OLD WORLD PATINA STAINS | eBay
Cats are a menace to wild birds. Most cats will hunt birds near your feeders, baths, and nesting boxes. It is almost impossible to make your bird houses and feeders “cat proof”. Believe me, I’ve tried! Cats are smart, sly, and can jump over 5 feet off the ground. Keeping cats indoors is the best way to protect your birds and is more humane for the cats. Ask any veterinarian and he/she will tell you that a cat’s life expectancy is significantly longer if they spend most of their time indoors.
According to the national zoo’s Gough, “catbirds are one of the few Neotropical migratory songbirds that will use bird feeders.” They do not eat seeds, he says, but relish halved oranges, raisins, fruit-flavored suet and peanut butter. “They are also quite fond of , and whole families will communally bathe.”
Large Concrete Cat Bird Bath or Feeder. $49.95, via Etsy.
Cat Birdbath, Feeder, Over Nine Pounds, Pearl Finish
Not where cats can hide. Cats like to lie in wait beneath shrubbery or behind a concealing object and then pounce on the birds when they're wet and can't fly well. So put your birdbath at least five to ten feet from such hiding places. Give the birds a chance to see the cat coming.Make your birdbath easy to clean and refill. But locate your birdbath away from your feeding station, because seeds and droppings would soil the water quickly. Change the water every few days, or even every day in hot weather. Dump it out or squirt it out with the hose. I keep a scrub brush outside with my gardening tools, so that I can brush out any algae that begins to form.With an escape route. The ideal location is under some branches that hang down within two or three feet of the bath. A wet bird can flutter a few feet up to the safety of the leaves.Drippy or sprinkly The plink or splash of moving water is pure invitation to birds. It dramatically increases the number of species that visit a birdbath. For example, hummingbirds would never wade into the bath the way a robin does, because hummingbirds bathe only in flight. But I have watched hummers zipping back and forth through the drips, timing their flights so that they catch a water drop on their backs on each pass.But a birdbath attracts all kinds of birds. Bluebirds, robins, catbirds, warblers and thrushes. We've even watched screech owls drinking from a birdbath right in town at dawn.With an escape route. The ideal location is under some branches that hang down within two or three feet of the bath. A wet bird can flutter a few feet up to the safety of the leaves.