Make water move to delight birds


Nearly everyone loves the soothing sounds of moving water, don’t we? A gurgling brook, water trickling down in a fountain, a waterfall, ocean waves lapping against the shore. For whatever reason, we aren’t the only ones. Birds (and other wildlife, too) are drawn irresistibly to the sound of water. Still water is silent. So, turn your birdbath into the feature it would like to be, if it could wish!


Elaborate or plain, either way, animals find fountains to their liking, so long as it isn’t gushing too wildly. The water is this fountain is both bubbling and cascading — a double delight.

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

(© MayBayButter / iStock)


Accessory bubblers are an alternative to birdbaths not equipped with a built-in bubbler. They can be purchased separately in many styles, from fancy to simple, like the flat bubbler laying in the center of the birdbath below. 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 water drops attracts birds. Many dripper styles are available.

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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