Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

what uses your birdbath?

It’s time to put the heater in the birdbath for the bluebirds. Can you see the two large “bites” out of the basin? The raccoons wrestle it off the base in the spring and the concrete breaks.

Eastern Bluebirds


13 responses

  1. doudou

    Awe! Aren’t they the cutest :) I’m thinking about getting a heated bird bath for this winter. Might go with a metal one now that I’ve seen yours. No raccoons here but lots of squirrels!

    November 8, 2011 at 9:58 am

    • melissakoski

      If you do get a metal one may I suggest one with a heavy textured bottom? (: Most birds won’t use a bath without a shallow and rough bottom for their feet to cling too. I’ve only had luck with this concrete one with stones. Thanks for stopping by…love your birds!

      November 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

  2. I have never thought about a heater for our bird bath. But I guess it is rare for us to need one. Your photos are cute, as are the bluebird themselves. You have reminded me that maybe I should do a post about Eastern Bluebirds. Watch for it……….:-)

    November 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

    • melissakoski

      Bob, it’s almost always after I see the babies and also coincides with me remembering to bring in the suet and bird food at night so I think you’re right on with mischievous! (: I should have secured the base and basin years ago, but then it’d be too heavy for me to move int he cold months. I should look for a fresh basin someday.

      I have yet to spot a mockingbird around here. Do the doves poop in the bath as much as mine? (: Hope not…..

      Yeah your one day of winter isn’t enough to create the heated bath need.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

  3. By the way, those ‘coons must be mean critters. But more than likely, they are just being mischievious. :-)

    In answer to your question “what uses your birdbath”, honestly, around our house it is mostly sparrows, finches, mockingbirds,doves and the ever-popular grackles. :-)

    November 8, 2011 at 10:22 am

  4. Northern Narratives

    Nice photos.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Northern Narratives!

      November 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm

  5. must be hungry racoons Lisa nice pics though, When we first moved up here in the northern part of Michigan Doris was trying to showish 5 recannon’s off the porch with a broom. Not a good idea as they can become visiuos, Our neighbor was feeding them and they would travel through our yard to get to her yard looking for food from the National park across the White river. They have also damaged our glass jar squirl feeders. Love Uncle Mike

    November 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    • melissakoski

      I was surrounded one evening by about 10 little ones on the deck and was terrified. Good wholesome excitement is what I say! I’m surprised they could damage the glass jar feeders…they seem so sturdy. Then again the raccoons are good with their hands. xoxo

      November 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

  6. Helen

    Awesome photos, Melissa! I hate those d*** racoons – they have trashed and broken many of our feeders and bird baths. Ah well – life in the country :-)

    November 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Helen. I definitely have a love hate relationship with the raccoons. I don’t mind feeding the pregnant Mom my suet, but hate her when she eats the baby birds. And I love to see the young ones, but hate when they ruin and dismantle my garden decor.

      Hope you’re well Helen and out enjoying a lot of restaurant week!

      November 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm

  7. Raccoons, break a neck off a birdbath! Our birdbath stays pretty lonely. I’m thinking my crazy dog might scare the birds away, so the most action it gets is when my son decides to splash in it!

    November 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    • melissakoski

      Oh Tori, I was not going to speak to you for months. I read your bday post, blubbered a bit and went on to the grocery store without checking myself in the mirror. I had makeup smeared from here to hell and back. Everyone was extra nice to me though…. probably assuming I had some sort of family tragedy. Brilliant post..inspired me to get my girls’ photo books done.

      November 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm


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