Winter will be here soon. As you know, it’s very important for birds to have a water source year-round. I wasn’t looking forward to the task of running out to the birdbath every morning to get rid of the block of ice and replace it with fresh water. The last time I had a heating element for a birdbath was before I moved to Canada. At that time I used a heater that I’d purchased at Wild Birds Unlimited. It was separate from the concrete birdbath. That was many moves ago and I long since lost that heater.
Sylvain and I sometimes go over to Detroit and Grosse Pointe to find items we either can’t find on this side of the border or which are ridiculously more expensive here, such as LED lightbulbs. Last weekend we went to the Wild Birds Unlimited in Grosse Pointe Woods, where he stocked up on seed and got a pole-mounted feeder system while I found this lovely heated birdbath on sale for only $64.95 USD. That’s almost as inexpensive as what I paid for the unheated one at TSC this summer.
The bath comes with two options: a pole or a deck mounting brace. I chose to mount it to the deck railing. This was quick and easy to do. When I need to clean the basin, I can tilt it on its hinge and then lift it off of the mounting bracket.
Already I’ve noticed that the birds are more comfortable with this basin. The edge is thicker, so maybe they feel more secure perching there. Also the slope is more gradual and the entire basin shallower than my old one. Again, I think birds prefer this since it makes them feel safe from drowning.
The heater is thermostat controlled, so it will only kick on when necessary to keep the water from freezing. When on, it consumes 70 watts of electricity.