So, I am trying to attract hummingbirds to my house. I think I have a pair that like my feeder and will hopefully nest nearby. I am thinking about getting a birdbath, but I am concerned that it might attract crows or other predatory birds that will drive off the hummingbirds. Should this be a concern? Is there a way to avoid this?
When I have set out waterers here , location, size of waterer, and type of waterer make a fair difference.
A lot of places I have visited seem to suggest that 1 1/2 to 2 inch depth is best . I have also learned for myself that the pans need to have a very shallow taper and I prefer that they have something of a textured floor .
Size of pan, hanging, pedestal, or ground bird bath . Also drippers or misters . Here I have found hummers enjoy drippers and shallow ends of bird baths. Most of the bird baths at Walmart and standard hardware outlets have sharp drop offs from the edge .
Hanging bird baths of small to medium size seem to discourage larger birds as the hanging chains are a bit of an encumberance to them I have observed. Waterers closer to the house also seems to keep the predatory birds more reluctant.
Locating hanging bird baths somewhat higher closer to the overhang of trees branches also helps . I have some ground bird baths that some resident coopers hawks will use if hawks and other predators are of concern.
I also have had vultures use ground bird baths so long as the baths are far enough away from the house (I live on/have 4 acres in the middle of nowhere)
If hummingbirds are the targets that you are trying to please here is a few links to a homemade hummingbird bird bath that I will try hopefully soon . Other people here should get a kick out of them as well;
https://www.facebook.com/amazingbirdstu ... 166312649/
http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/outdoor/ ... -bath.html
http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-P ... Bird-Bath/
http://www.hometalk.com/15586837/making ... uestions=1
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/backyard- ... bird-bath/