|Tuesday Products: Solar Bird Spas|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Tuesday, 03 April 2012|
Yes, you guessed right. A solar bird spa is a fancy name for a birdbath that has a circulating water system that is powered by the sun. Nonetheless it is kind of a neat functional ornament for the garden and may be useful for the bird watchers among us.
In case youíre wondering, the bird spa has built-in solar panels. Itís the solar panels that convert the energy of the sun into the power source that the pump uses to circulate the water for a bird spa like the one pictured above (photo source: www.backyardbird.com). The theory behind this is that moving water discourages mosquitoes from laying eggs in the still water of a birdbath. Itís also nice to hear trickling water.
The Solar Bird Spa has a built-in feeder as well as planter, but seems a bit messy to me. In addition, itís made from resin, which is not a particularly eco-friendly material. On the other hand, if it encourages wildlife in the garden maybe that is enough to offset this. This copper birdbath fountain is quite nice but if you want something a bit more low tech, then check out the pint sized solar sipper below.
Of course, if you donít fancy the solar powered bird spa at all, then how about this solar powered bird feeder ? Although honestly, Iím not sure why birds need a solar powered bird feeder, are you?
Solar Sipper (click on the picture for more information)