Plant Saucers Attract Bathing Birds: don't forget the dust baths

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Plant Saucers Attract Bathing Birds

By Newyorkrita
November 11, 2015

Birds don't care if you keep it simple and don't spend money on fancy birdbaths.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Nov 12, 2015 5:38 AM CST
Years ago, I had neglected to bring a house plant in for the winter. It was on a lower shelf, protected from the fall and winter rains, on an outdoor patio. Once I saw that I had lost the plant to cold temps I left the pot there intending to put another plant in it come spring. During the long winter days, when the ground was wet and cold, I watched many different birds sit in the pot of fine, dry soil and sing merrily as they used their feet to throw the dirt over their entire body. I was told that this helped them get rid of mites, dry their feathers and/or insulate them from the cold. I do not know why they do this but in the years since I have watched many little feathered friends sit in the dry soil and make fine music as they happily go about a taking a dirt bath.
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