Parker County Today August 2016 - Page 53

Drippers: Drippers provide two essential functions. The periodic dripping of water moves the surface of the water and makes it more visible, and adds fresh water on a regular basis, reducing the need to fill the bath. Misters: D BIR IL D W the best ways to ensure that birds will find your bath is to make the water move. Here are two easy ways to make your bath bird-friendly and visible and keep its water mosquito-free at the same time: ® C EN TE R Whether designed to provide a fine mist for flying through or to wet foliage for secondary bathing, misters add a useful element to the garden. Attracting birds through site and sound, misters are a fairly low-maintenance way to increase your bathing options for the birds. Adding water to your backyard is well worth it. The number of birds that will use it daily, and the number of species that will show up in your yard in response to the sound of water, will repay many times the investment you make in routine maintenance. Birds really do enjoy bathing. As soon as one bird begins to bathe, others get the urge and quickly follow its example. Sometimes you may see whole flocks of robins or Cedar waxwings trying to enter a bath simultaneously. More often you will see mixed bathing by a number of species. Heads go under, wings splash water over backs and a frenzy of activity may go on for several minutes. Often there are return visits by the same birds. Bathing is usually followed by long preening in nearby bushes. For best results, keep baths nearly filled with water. Empty and clean at frequent intervals to ensure clean drinking and bathing water. So go ahead, add a bath to your yard and watch it come alive with activity! Just Add Water! Bird baths bring a splash of sound, a dash of motion and a flash of color to your yard. This summer, keep your birds cool and happy with a bird bath, dripper or water wiggler from the Wild Bird Center of Weatherford - they’ll thank you! C E S ® NTER NEW STORE between Michael’s & TJ Maxx! Wild Bird Center of Weatherford | Weatherford Ridge 325 Adams Dr., Ste 309 • Weatherford, 76086 • (817) 776-5253 Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m. 20% off bird baths, drippers & water wigglers BATH16 D W D BIR IL Must present coupon. Cannot be combined with other offers.Not valid on gift cards or prior purchases. Exp 8/31/16. AUGUST 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY BRING MORE COLOR, BEAUTY AND SONG TO YOUR YARD WITH A BIRD BATH! 51