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Solar Bird Feeders and Bird Baths

Updated on January 18, 2017

For the Birds?

Solar bird feeders sounds like technology run amok. What could be the need for solar power on a bird feeder. Solar bird baths can run some type of water fountain, but do you need solar power for a bird feeder?

Solar Bird Bath at Work

Solar Bird Feeders

The idea behind a solar bird feeder is a simple one. The bird feeder is usually a traditional feeder. It may look like a platform feeder, or some of the more ornate feeders are small pedestals that can also function as a bird bath. There is another model that is a pole mounted feeder shaped like a lighthouse.

The key difference then is a small light, usually an LED light that provides some type of landscape lighting. This is often mounted higher than the traditional solar spot lights, which are often used to light a walkway or some other low area.

These feeders have solar panels that spend the daylight hours charging the batteries on the unit, and at night the batteries run the landscape lights. This is a nice feature to add to your backyard landscaping.

Solar Bird Baths

A solar bird bath typically has a different reason for being solar powered. One common feature of bird baths is that they will have a moving water fountain as part of the bird bath. This is an attractive feature because we like the sights and sounds of moving water, and that movement is also attractive to birds as well.

One of the obvious advantages of solar power is that with the built in or attached solar panels there is no need to wire the fountain to the power system of the house. This makes the installation less expensive, is much more flexible in terms of placement, and it doesn't need to be near the house. Maybe the best advantage of solar power is that it is free! There is no ongoing operating expense, after you make the bird bath purchase, the expense ends.

Here's a video that shows how the solar panels are often removable allowing them to be placed in direct sunlight. For any solar powered device the amount of sunlight that can fall on the panels is critical, although probably less so for the solar bird feeders than the solar bird baths, since the bird baths are running continuously during the day.

Give one of these solar units a try, I think you will like the change it brings to your backyard.


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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      New to me! these are really cool. Thanks for cluing us in on this !

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I just learned something new today! I've never heard of solar bird baths. I like the idea of using the energy from the sun for any purpose we can. I installed solar lights along my walkway (wrote a Hub about that) to replace an electrical system I had. I enjoy those very much.

      Your idea would keep me from having to clean my bird bath so often as the water would continue to move.

      Voted UP, etc. and will share.

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      prism3x 6 years ago

      love bird baths and solar lighting! good article.

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      Chris R 6 years ago

      We love the solar concept, especially solar bird baths. It is vital to maintain a water source for wild birds in winter, so a solar bird bath is energy efficient, green, and maintains a thawed water supply even in the coldest climates.

      Thank you for this terrific information.

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      mitzi326 7 years ago

      Yeah, it's going to be something spectacular. And i love how successful solar panels are getting to be, even ultra thin, flexible solar panels. I'd adoration for solar power to be the solution. In truth, our energy is some sort of power on the sun, such as oil.

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      Jerry Watson 8 years ago

      Solar bird feeders and bird baths are a cool idea, John. But they seem a little spendy. Too bad. Good hub!