What is a solar powered bird bath, and how does it function?
A bird bath is an artificial puddle or a small shallow pond, made with a water-filled basin where birds come to get some refreshments. It is an attraction for various birds’ species to visit a garden mostly on hot days and in times of droughts. Bird baths can range from garden ornaments, small reflecting pools, or outdoor sculptures made from various materials. A bird birth can be a pre-made basin supported by pedestals and columns or made to from tree branches. They can also be carved out depressions made on rocks boulders.
Solar bird baths replace standing water bird baths that are powered by electric energy. Solar bird bath fountains are eco-friendly since they use natural energy from sunlight and are cost effective. Solar panels can be mounted in the basin or in a bird bath outside the water pool to get solar energy from the sun rays. Some solar fountain pumps are fitted with solar panels, and they are made to float on the water surface to accumulate solar powered energy.
The energy accumulated in the solar panel powers the fountain pump to ensure smooth flow and circulation of water in the bird bath. There are various types of bird baths and are affected differently by various environmental factors. Harsh weather conditions ruin some, and others work only when the entire solar panel is receiving direct sunlight. However, others are not affected by shadowing over some parts of the solar panel.
Before making any purchases, it is essential to look at various solar fountain pumps from different manufacturers and compare their features. Ensure that you put your preferences into account and get high quality products that will not leave you with regrets. Solar fountains are climate sensitive and should be put in the bright open ground with enough sunlight for maximum and effective functioning. Additionally, consider the material used to make the fountain, its design, and style.
Most solar fountains are made with several nozzles to give a variety of water patterns. For low sprays, the pumps can be used without any attachments. This is mainly ideal for a bird bath, but it is good to use attachments to enhance the spray for bigger pools of water. As the water gushes out of the fountain pump, it pushes and moves the fountain in the pool, especially with high jetting attachments that produce a lot of pressure. If you want your fountain to be stationary, you can use suction cups and attach the pump at the position you want it to remain. Keeping your fountain in one location minimizes chances of stray splashing on walkways.
Types of solar bird baths
Solar bird baths are made into various sizes and shapes, made from different materials, and apply different levels of technologies. They are crafted to take care of diverse needs, tastes, and preferences and take care of different budgetary needs. Here are the different varieties:
i. Freestanding solar pump
The solar pump is popular for sturdiness and durability. The pump is equipped with a high quality solar panel that gathers solar energy to run the fountain effectively. It is well suited for both small ponds or a bird bath fountain to enable water circulation and increase the amount of oxygen content flowing through the bird bath.
ii. Floating solar powered fountain pump
The floating solar fountain pump is solely powered by direct sunlight, and it does not have a battery to store extra power. It is known to work instantly, a few seconds after it is made to float on water to accumulate solar energy. The pump is easy to assemble and install. It is equally easy to clean for maintenance purposes.
The pump is versatile due to the adjustable lengths. It improves the flow of oxygen and enhances water circulation making it difficult for mosquitoes to lay eggs in your bird bath. It has several attachments to help fix the fountain in one place, increase the heights of water jets, or change the water splash patterns.
iii. Solar pump kit
Solar pump kit increases water circulation and flow of oxygen through your bird bath without the need for special attachments. This gives your backyard or garden a scenic view at no extra costs. The pump is equipped with a brushless motor to operate or more hours using lesser energy. The kit requires just enough direct sunlight to work effectively.
The pump can be used in multiple water features and throw water jets up to 45cm. The pump has a removable nozzle for easy cleaning and maintenance.
iv. Pedestal bird baths
Pedestal bird baths are the best in the market, and they come in large bowl capacities to hold more birds, and bigger sized birds enough space to enjoy refreshments. They are made into various colors that offer you a wide range of selections to fit it in with your exterior space.
It is advisable to have tiny stones or gravels under the bath basin to make the birds more comfortable by giving them something solid to step on as they enjoy drinking and splashing, and keep them coming for more.