|From:||Penny Brockman <>|
|Date:||Sat, 4 Jan 2020 17:08:05 +1100|
Yes, slippery glazed insides to bird baths are a killer. Birds need a rough surface so that their claws have traction. I think people buy them because they look pretty or are easier to clean. I have 2 terracotta with no glaze and a rough high fired one that retains water better - the terracottas tend to dry out too quickly as they are slightly porous. All need a good scrub every now and again to guard against disease. And sometimes daily total fresh water due to the local Torresian Crows that like to drop in chunks of bread to soften, which makes the water stale, but I've seen a red wattlebird taking bits so not totally horrible.
Keep the water up, our birds are suffering horribly in this present heat, fires and smoke. Today in Gloucester it is nearly 45c.
On 4/01/2020 3:57 PM, Martin Butterfield wrote:
We had a red ceramic one and it was very popular. I'd suggest new is the problem. Martin Butterfield http://franmart.blogspot.com.au/ On Sat, 4 Jan 2020 at 15:55, m("picknowl.com.au","drdeath");"><> wrote:A friend was persuaded by his wife to replace their old concrete bird bath so he went to Bunnings and bought a red ceramic one but the birds won't go anywhere near it. Would it be the colour, that it is ceramic (slippery) or just that it is new? David Robertson Adelaide <HR> <BR> Birding-Aus mailing list <BR> m("birding-aus.org","Birding-Aus");"> <BR> To change settings or unsubscribe visit: <BR> http://birding-aus.org/mailman/listinfo/birding-aus_birding-aus.org </HR>
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