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Why Put Stones in Your Bird Bath?

Why Put Stones in Your Bird Bath?

Turns out that stones in the bird bath are more than just an aesthetic element. In fact, they may even save a life.

“This morning a little bird was flapping his wings frantically in the bird bath,” said Crystal Carvotta-Brown, a cat rescue volunteer in Massachusetts. “At first I thought he was just cleaning his feathers but then I realized that he was in distress.”

Crystal, an avid community organizer who has helped place hundreds of†throw-away cats, was quick to take action when she sensed danger.

“I walked over to him and he didnít even try to fly away so then I thought he was injured,” Crystal said. “I used a large stick for him to hop on to which he did but then proceeded to try to fly and fell to the ground. He started running away from me. I was able to get him and get him safely into a cat carrier and contacted a wildlife rehabber. Turns out he was just a baby sparrow and got himself pooped out trying to get out of the bird bath because his feathers were all wet and he couldnít fly.”

A clean, well-maintained bird bath helps prevent dehyrdration

“Once he dried off he started flying around inside the cat carrier so I brought him back outdoors and opened the carrier door and off he flew. Iím thrilled that he is okay but canít help but feel stupid for never thinking that the little bit of water in there might be too deep for a baby bird! The rehabber recommended that I put a couple of large stones in the bird bath so that smaller birds can get themselves up on top of them to dry off and get their bearings again.

Perhaps other people know this but I figured it was worth sharing for those of you that do have bird baths so that if you havenít you can also consider making them safer for the smaller babies. ”

Crystal hopes that her experience will help others protect fledgling birds in their yards.

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4:02AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Thanks, Crystal for the tip! I will be adding some stones to my birdbath today!

11:01PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

That is good to know. Ty.

11:36AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:37PM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

This is a great tip. Thanks for sharing.

4:19PM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Thank you.

1:25AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

awesome! thanks for that.

7:43AM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

When I first saw this posted on FB I went out and put rocks in the bird bath. I have lots of river rock to choose from in my yard and it is fun to go look for the nicer ones and arrange them. A little fun for me but the birds just like the rocks. I see them perching on them in the water as they take a bath. My bird bath is a deep bowl one and this idea has been perfect.

10:57AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Thanks for this bit of information - never thought about it before, I'll be adding some to my bird bath very soon!

8:35PM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Thanks for the heads up. I would not have realized that rocks would be necessary.

6:48PM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Thanks for the article. The pleasure to be had from one's bird gardening efforts is amazing. Green birding in a pure way, well almost. Cynics may point out the carbon footprint of the seed manufacture, the feeder manufacture etc. Watching birds in a garden is always so rewarding and fascinating.
All the very best to bird lovers everywhere.
Gary Prescott aka Biking Birder 2010

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