Savannah, Georgia

Craig & Nancy McEwan

Craig & Nancy McEwan

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Savannah, Georgia

8108 Abercorn Street, Ste 210
Savannah, GA 31406

Phone: (912) 961-3455
Fax: (912) 961-3122
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Comments:
We are located between Home Goods and Party City, at the corner of White Bluff & Abercorn, in the Abercorn Common Shopping Center.

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Give Your Birds a Bath!

Beating the Heat During Summer

While we're trying to stay cool, shuttling in and out of air conditioning, birds are actively seeking food, and more importantly, as many water sources as they can find. Birds need water just as much as they need food. Their very high metabolic rate and respiration system drains moisture from their bodies quickly, resulting in some very parched birds. Birds do not use water just to quench their thirst; they also use it for bathing and preening their feathers. Clean feathers are very important for birds' health and optimum flying ability.

 

A birdbath is also helpful for nesting parents, who, with a convenient water source nearby, need not be away from the nest for extended periods of time. A dependable supply of fresh water will even attract birds to your yard that would not ordinarily come to your feeders. It's easy to give the birds in your backyard all the water they need - offer them a birdbath. A shallow, easy-to-clean birdbath is the best kind. Clean your birdbath often and keep it filled with fresh water.

 

Water is Crucial During Winter, Too

Bird SpaWater is equally as, if not more, important to wild birds during the winter months as in the summer months. It takes extra energy for birds to warm up this resource to body temperature after drinking. Also, there may be fewer sources of water during this time, thereby causing birds to have to fly farther, expending more energy, in order to find good sources of water. So keep your birdbath going around the holidays, too! Your birds will thank you by sticking around at your bird feeders.

 

Setting Up Your Birdbath

Place your birdbath somewhere that is easily visible to you, and close to a water source for easy filling and cleaning. Remember, birdbaths are basically artificial puddles, so shallow is better. Birdbaths should be placed far enough away from feeders (4-5 feet) to prevent contamination from debris. Baths should also be placed in the vicinity of trees or shrubs, so that after bathing the birds can quickly reach a protected spot to preen and clean.

 

And since birds locate water by sound and sight, go ahead and add an accessory to get the water in motion. We offer a variety of water accessories such as fountain inserts, drippers, misters, and water wigglers that will turn a quiet birdbath into a bird magnet. This will help birds recognize the water and increase the number of bird species in your backyard. If your bath has no running water, be sure it is in partial shade to keep the water cool enough in the summer months.

 

The Best Bath is a Clean One

It is important to keep your birdbath clean and filled with fresh water. Emptying and scrubbing the baths every two or three days will prevent bacteria, algae, Salmonella, and other disease organisms from fouling the water. Household products such as vinegar are fine to use as a cleaning agent; never use chemicals.

 

Leaf Bathing

Many species of birds take “leaf baths” by rubbing up against wet foliage. Hummingbirds in particular are very fond of water and of leaf bathing, even directly in the mist from waterfalls and garden hoses or spraying mechanisms.

 

“Anting” and Dust Bathing

Some birds place ants on their feathers in a process called “anting.” Researchers have documented this alternative bathing, or “anting,” in more than 200 species of birds. Anting rids or reduces external parasites and can soothe skin irritations. Dust bathing may reduce moisture, align feather barbs, and remove external parasites. Birds also will bathe in the sun when they drop their wings and spread their tails. This may help increase their body temperature.