Posted by admin on Oct 12, 2011
Welcome to Solar Bird Bath. I hope you enjoy this website. If you spend some time on this site, you will find many interesting things to expand your knowledge about birds and bird baths.
See The 2013 Life Cycle of the Red-Tailed Hawk
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Posted by admin on Oct 11, 2011
Birds of a Feather Flock Together
The definition of a bird bath is a small puddle or pond containing water and of course artificial. Not all of our native birds eat at feeders but they all require water to drink and bathe.
A red-headed woodpecker is an example of a bird that does not feed from a feeder. It feeds from the bugs in the bark of deteriorating(dead) trees or tree branches.
Does A Solar Bird Bath Really Exist?
A solar bird bath does not really exist. Solar energy provided by the sun through the use of cells creates electricity and, in solar bird baths, the solar energy runs a small pump keeping the water somewhat fresh due to the circulation provided by the pump. These pumps can be floating or submerged. The water should be replaced daily, with or without a pump, to avoid reproduction of any insects which require water to reproduce. Many of the vendors which advertise a solar bird bath have just put together a bird bath/pump combination package. The words originated the combos. It is possible to purchase the pump as a separate item.
The pleasure you will receive from your bird bath, be it solar bird bath or otherwise, will be welcome especially during the warm months when many birds have migrated to the North. The wide range of birds will astound the viewer. Being outside will bring peace, release the stress of a job and bring a revelation of how simple life can be.
Observe these house sparrows at a bird bath in this video titled,
Having A Ball
Posted by admin on Sep 22, 2014
Learning To Take Great Bird Photography
This is a guest post by Alfred Obi
A couple of individuals have asked me for some bird photography advice which they can use in their photography trade. After some deliberation on the subject, I have created for you the following simple bird photography tips.
Practice In Your Backyard. To produce the best suggests you must become educated about bird photography opportunities in your own backyard. Install a bird feeder or birdbath to draw birds and begin taking photos. Observe bird habits and discover how close you can get before the birds scare. Do they take their food at the feeder or carry it away to eat? Study their movement and feeding routines.
Procedures To Achieve The Best Bird Photos
Good bird photography are very much dependent on timing. Flocks of kinds of birds will eat in the morning or late afternoon. Discover more about the routines of the bird you are snapping and where it returns each day to feed or bathe.
Walk silently, slowly and carefully. Discover the absolute best techniques to approach birds noiselessly and with barely any activity to avoid scaring. These actions apply to all bird and animal life photography.
Be respectful of nature. When photographing a bird, or photographing any wildlife, never corner the bird or animal. Be mindful that a bird has an instinctive response to fly away when frightened. If a bird does not feel threatened by you, it will have a good opinion of humans and may appear tame in your presence. However, if your behavior is in any way threatening, taming for great photography and friendship will never be possible.
Know exactly what you are looking for in your photos. Analyze your bird photographs to determine the best poses. The majority of my bird pictures were the result of many hours of waiting, and returning the next day to the very same place the bird often visits. If the image that you look for is of an osprey catching a fish, the chances are basically tiny that you will just encounter the opportunity to snap a photo with the best light and background.
Bird Photography Tips Using Shutter Speed
With lower budget video cams, shutter speed isn’t adjustable. However, a higher end video cam will have options to change the setting. At the minimum you’ll require a shutter speed equal to the length of your lens. With a 300mm and 500mm lens you will actually need a 1/200 sec and 1/400 sec shutter speed which eliminates camera shake. I recommend taking a faster shutter speed than the minimum if possible. Birds are exceptionally fast creatures and taking a picture spoiled, because wings are flapping, can be extremely irritating.
You need to position yourself as close to the bird as possible or fixed enough for a brilliant series of shots. In this article, I have revealed some tips about bird photography. You should always imagine your subjects in direct daylight. I do not advise using a flash. Birds are wary of your intentions and are easily frightened. These tips can help you in your hunt for pictures of birds. Take a picture shot and read these simple tips again. Then proceed and take more pictures and observe how you have improved.
I have been helping people learn how to become a paparazzo (free lance photographer) and develop talent in artistic photography. I try to keep people cheerful as they learn. My website contains many photography resources. You may be interested in how to set up your own successful photo shop
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Posted by admin on Apr 8, 2014
Could It Be Spring? The Birds Are Back
Spring is the best season of the year. It brings renewal after a long and hard winter; grey skies, lots of snow and dull, boring landscapes Isn’t it great to hear the birds singing again? Now the flowers are starting to bloom.
Check out the flowers, many are spring blooming.
Norine’s Flower Show
Posted by admin on Aug 3, 2013
A Little Solar Bird Bath Humor
Posted by admin on May 23, 2013
This story begins any year in Spring. Seems the birds think my home is fair game when it comes to building a nest to reproduce little birds.
Activity Spring 2013
This Spring, 2013, was particularly active. The battle of the birds versus 524 S. Main Street began. Mrs. Robin decided she would build her nest behind a downspout. When I noticed this happening, I would take my broom and bring all her building material down. Fortunately, she never finished building the nest and, after a few days, she gave up so I thought!
The next discovery was on a large star hanging outside in a front porch window . The owner was rather slow in removing this Christmas decoration and when removal did occur, low and behold, another nest. I think it was Mrs. Cardinal this time. The nest had eggs in it and was carefully removed and placed in a very nearby tree. Storing the nest in the basement until next Christmas season was not an option.
Following the last episode, a nest was found in a hanging basket of artificial flowers on the back porch/deck. I couldn’t identify who the guilty bird was this time, but carefully moved the nest into a pine tree on the neighbor’s property. That nest did not make it. Either the wind or a squirrel knocked it to the ground. I felt remorse until I thought about what happens when the nest is not removed to be explained later.
Mrs. Robin ended up winning this battle. She built a nest on a post support for my back porch/deck unnoticed by me (I was probably engrossed in digging dandelions) and she finished the nest, sat on the egg or eggs and they hatched. When the nest was discovered yesterday, standing on a chair, the little pink, fuzzy babies could be viewed. Mrs. Robin scolded but as soon as I left, she showed up with food for her little ones.
The Battle Continues
Why do the birds prefer my house? I don’t have any feeders and haven’t put my bird bath out as yet this year. Last year, I blasted a radio on my back porch for several days to deter any feathered friends from building a nest. The event caused my neighbors to wonder about my sanity. Anyway, the birdies have some poor potty habits. They do not care if they hit your windows or the floor of your deck or porch. There is plenty of cover in the area surrounding my house that they should not have difficulty finding a nice tree. And so the Spring battle will continue next year.
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Posted by admin on May 12, 2013
Unfamiliar Bird Song
Last year and this year, I have occasionally heard, but not seen, a bird that resembles two notes on a flute, a high note to a lower note, just two notes. This spurred my curiosity so I decided to find out which bird I have been listening to.
Search For Answers
I spent most of one day listening to bird songs trying to identify this bird. The conclusion is that the bird is a thrush but I am still not certain as to which one. It only sends two notes while the sounds on the recordings seem to have three notes or more. Because I live in Wisconsin, an area with many woodlands, I have to assume that my bird is a wood thrush.
Thrushes have many voices as I have learned. Identification is difficult. Unless viewed up close, their appearance seems to blend into their habitat, thus, making them fairly unnoticeable except for witnessing their song. The males are the singers. The bird is related to the Robin.
Food And Migration
Thrushes feed on berries, worms, beetles and other insects. They are migrating and currently studies are active as to migration locations and other interesting data about the thrush.
Perhaps, our musical instrument, the flute, was modeled after the thrush because of the variations in its song. Bird songs and music have become a twosome more recently as many music recordings now include singing birds. Read more about physical bird matched with song here:
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Many Options For Garden Fountains
The options for garden fountains, which could be used in combination, include vertical water jets, inclined water jets, interacting water sprays, mist sprays, bubble fountains, dripping fountains and sculpture fountains. Fountains include giant designs you find in public squares and parks to the miniature table top models. All consist of the same primary features, a basin to gather the water, a pump and a spout with either single or multiple jets. One plumber who also knew a lot about the railway sleepers and garden soil provided the following information.
Materials Used And Types Of Garden Fountains
Even if every fountain looks like they’re made out of stone or concrete, a few are actually made from fiberglass or plastic resin. They’re more compact and much easier to handle, however, frequently won’t be as durable as those produced with real stone. Garden fountains are offered in two common types, freestanding or wall mounted. You’ll find a huge range of styles of every sort to fit every preference. A wall fountain can be perfect for those who have only a small amount of space; a freestanding design will give you a focal point in your garden.
Waterfalls provide serenity. A popular problem with landscapes is they seem too far removed from nature. One terrific solution to solve this condition is to install a waterfall. The trickle of the water over rocks can give your lawn a serene and natural sound and appearance and draw birds. If you’d choose not have a pond to match your waterfall, then there are several types of low-maintenance, pondless waterfalls out there to suit your choice. A high, stylish fountain is the best way to round out any landscape layout and to add a peaceful sound to your garden. If you have an awful day and need to reflect, it’s highly therapeutic just to sit down in your favorite spot, shut your eyes, and listen to the relaxing sounds of your fountain. Garden fountains really create peaceful sounds.
The Calming Effect
Fountains seem to have a lot of popularity among us. We’ve all experienced the relaxing effects of water at one time or another. From a mother turning on the faucet to quiet her baby, to young kids running to look at a fountain, to an adult looking at a waterfall or listening to the ocean; the sound of moving water calms the ears of us all and is also irresistible to watch. Water has a calming influence on most of us, especially infants and young children. Garden fountains capture the interest of adults and children alike in a soothing manner. With a fountain placed in your garden, your outdoor living space will immediately be a place you patronize everyday to wind down, relax and enjoy your surroundings.
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Mosquitoes, Ants and Cockroaches
Through the spring and summer pests such as ants, cockroaches and mosquitoes can easily develop into an actual nuisance where natural pest management knowledge would be very helpful. Most of us react to this inconvenience by stocking up on pesticides and applying them to do battle. Sad to say, the chemicals in insecticides can be pretty harmful, particularly when they absorbed into the skin while these are still wet. Insecticides are notably hazardous to small children, older individuals, pets and birds. Hence, avoid exposing small children, pets, birds and elderly people to chemical pesticides. Fortunately, there are a variety of viable options when it comes to all-natural pest control. For people who want more information about pest management, garden services or garden maintenance, you can consult a gardener for advice.
Pest Management -Mosquitoes
You will be able to manage the volume of mosquitoes as well as other bugs (includes flying) in your garden using natural garden pest management measures. The very first task you need to do is remove any standing water. Planting lemon grass and marigolds works wonders for repelling mosquitoes because they dislike the odor. To repel from the skin, stop mosquitoes from biting by applying lemon juice. The odor of citrus lemon juice is another repellent mosquitos cannot tolerate. People that spend a lot of time outdoors through the summer months testify that Avon Skin-So-Soft mixed with rubbing alcohol will also deter mosquitoes. Other all-natural pest controls for mosquitoes incorporate citronella and garlic. Placing sage or rosemary all around your property and, then burning it, will provide a mosquito-free yard.
Pest Management – Ants
It is inexplicably disturbing to view a trail of ants on the kitchen floor, cabinets, or on any food item but they can also be removed without the use of harsh chemical pesticides which can even contaminate your food. Among the very best natural pest controls for ants is really an uncomplicated spray bottle full of soapy water. Ants also have an aversion to certain spices such as mint, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. If you soak paper in these herbs and place the paper where the ants typically enter your property it should be enough to deter them. Other organic pest controls for ants involve lemon or citrus oil, cucumber, coffee grounds and vinegar. Naturally, leaving any crumbs or open food sources in your house are an invitation for these critters to invade.
Boric acid can be used to ward off ants. It naturally is a mineral by the name of sassolite. The two forms of boric are crystals and powder. It is water soluable. Boric acid can also be used to deter cockroaches.
Pest Management – Cockroaches
Cockroaches are certainly the most revolting of all household pests. There exists a little something specifically creepy in regards to the way they shift from location to location. Pest management is a little more difficult for roaches. Like ants, cockroaches are tempted by crumbs or any open food including the disposed of packaging which has not been thoroughly sealed. Therefore, it is important continuously to handle food properly and avoid problems. There are quite a few natural pest controls for cockroaches. For example, cat nip does not hurt people or pets but cockroaches hate the stuff. They also despise soapy water, bay leaves and cucumber slices. A lot of people combine baking soda with sugar inside the home to eliminate cockroaches. Cockroaches appreciate sugar but baking soda upsets their stomachs and inevitably kills them. Cockroaches cannot survive climates where temperatures drop below freezing.
Pest management in your garden and home is really important for overall cleanliness and health. All of the pests discussed here can cause some gigantic health problems but usually not death if you are bitten. Most of the remedies suggested here are non-poluting to our wonderful earth, preserving our planet for future generations.