There are plenty of things that are easy to provide for your garden birds, from bird seed to birdhouses, but one of the most important offerings is fresh, clean water.
Although birds do not need as much water to survive as mammals, access to fresh, clean water is still extremely important. Although they do not have sweat glands, garden birds still lose what water they retain through a lack of sweat through breathing and defecating.
Birds with dry diets, such as tits or greenfinches, are especially in need of this easy access, because they are unable to gain any water from their food. Wagtails, wrens and treecreepers are able to leech water from their live insect prey. However, during the winter months, access to fresh water in a bird’s natural habitat becomes limited, due to ice and hard ground, meaning the supply of fresh water you provide in your garden can make all the difference.