Make water move to delight birds


Moving water attracts more birds than still water. For that matter, don’t we humans also enjoy the sounds of moving water — a gurgling brook, water trickling in a fountain or a waterfall? Add an accessory to your birdbath to give it some motion.


Elaborate or plain, either way, animals find “noisy” water to their liking. If you have a fountain, it provides the moving water birds like, without the need for an accessory. The one below has both a bubbler and cascading water, sure to please the most finicky bird.

Image of three-tiered fountain with water bubbling in it.

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Accessory bubblers are an alternative to birdbaths that have a built-in bubbler. They can be purchased separately in many styles, from fancy to simple, like the flat bubbler insert shown below. Just position it in the center of your birdbath. Many are solar-powered.

Image of birdbath with bubbling water.

Bubbling fountain. (Donaleen / Flickr; cc by 2.0)

Water Wiggler

Set one of these in the center of a birdbath to produce continuous, gentle ripples.

Image of a Water Wiggler, which makes water in birdbath wiggle.

Water Wiggler. Sold by Duncraft and others.


The sound of drops striking waters’ surface attracts birds. Many dripper styles are available that will clip onto your birdbath.

Image of Universal Dripper, used in birdbaths.

Universal Dripper. (Sold by and others.)


Misters deliver a fine mist, which is preferred by birds that don’t like stepping into water. Aim it toward foliage; some birds like to “bathe” in wet leaves. Or, position it above a birdbath to catch falling droplets. Or, both!

Image of the Super Easy Water Mister product.

Sper Easy Water Mister. (Sold by Duncraft and others.)

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