When it comes to ponds, water for birds isn’t typically something that comes to mind. Most people only tend to think of the fish in the water feature. But there are various types of insects and wildlife that will migrate to your water feature. It’s one of the many joys to owning a pond. Take some time to understand why these creatures flock to backyard oasis and what you can do to help them thrive. It will not only benefit the environment but will also benefit your viewing pleasure.
FOR THE BIRDS
In winter, water can be hard for birds to find, especially during long spells without snow. When forced to eat snow for their moisture, their body must work to warm it up. And when the sun is out, you will see birds hopping from rock to rock in search of melting ice near the water’s edge. All of this takes valuable energy.
You can make life easier in the winter by leaving open water in your pond in a place that is easily accessible to the birds. You can do this with a pump that moves the water, preventing it from freezing, or with a pond aerator.
Don’t forget to feed the birds who come to visit your pond. As with water, it is sometimes hard for them to find enough food during the winter. In addition to store-bought bird feed and suet, include native trees and shrubs in your landscape that offer edible fruit for the birds.
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Author: Bobby Kenyon
Bobby Kenyon is the Creative Solutions Guru for C.E. Pontz Sons who has over a decade plus experience in the Landscape & Water Garden industry . He enjoys long walks on the beach and grocery shopping but has a strong dislike for regular cake and non brand name paper towels