It's hot outside - give your hummingbirds a fountain! August 07 2014
Of course, we all know that hummingbirds will love nectar and need it to survive. But just like all living things, hummingbirds need plain water, too. For drinking, for bathing, for cooling off - just like us! The proof is in the pictures and videos below. Enjoy, and scroll down for an easy and inexpensive DIY fountain.
DIY Fountain Idea
|Start with any kind of bowl, flower pot, or deep dish that is durable enough to be used outdoors. Just remember that it has to hold water, so terra cotta or porous cement won't work. But glazed, resin, or plastic containers should work.|
Place a small pond pump in the fountain container. You'll want to place the cord at what will be the back of the fountain, or creatively disguise it with a plant, etc.
Here's a pump that would work well with this:
|Place a sponge filter over the pump intake to keep dirt, rocks, or other particles from getting into the pump and breaking it or clogging it up. This sponge filter may need to be rinsed every once in a while to keep it clean (which helps keep the fountain water clean). You may even wish to place an aquarium charcoal filter cartridge near the intake of the pump.|
|Cover the pump and sponge filter with some kind of decorative media (pebbles, rocks, smooth glass pebbles). This will make it look nicer, keep the sponge filter over the pump intake, keep the pump in place, and keep foreign objects (and bugs!) out of the pump intake.|
|Place more decorative items such as larger rocks, figurines, etc. as preferred.|
|Fill the vessel with water (all the way!), plug in your pump, and enjoy! Remember to keep the vessel full of water so the pump doesn't run dry.|
Now available on HummingbirdHQ - these solar fountains for you to make your hummingbirds happy!
And this plug-in submersible pump works under patios or in shady areas! Pro tip for this solar fountain - make the holes a little larger on the spray nozzle to help keep water height at 4-5" so it doesn't accidentally spill or get blown out of the container (bird bath, etc.) that you're using.
And if you're not up for building a fountain, here's a plug-and-play version that will fit on any patio!