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Waterfall Rocks – Reasons To Add Them To Your Garden

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Attract more birds with these small additions to your birdbath!

Waterfall rocks are small, artificial rocks with an internal pump. The pump recirculates the water inside a birdbath, creating a constantly flowing waterfall.

The pumps are hidden inside the natural looking resin ‘rock.’ The rocks are typically 7 to 10 inches in size and fit well in most birdbaths.

There are many different styles of waterfall rocks.

The waterfall rocks are an attractive addition to your birdbath and the sound of the running water does a wonderful job in attracting more birds.


Why do birds like waterfall rocks?

Many bird species are attracted to the sound and movement of water, including those created by waterfall rocks. Waterfall rocks are a popular feature in backyard water gardens, and they can be a great way to attract birds to your yard.

The sound of moving water is appealing to birds and can help to mask other background noises that may be stressful to them. Additionally, the moving water helps to oxygenate the water, making it a healthier environment for birds to drink and bathe in.

Waterfall rocks can also provide a natural source of enrichment for birds, as they may use the rocks to perch on, preen, or even gather nesting materials from nearby vegetation.

However, it’s worth noting that not all bird species are attracted to water features like waterfall rocks. Some bird species prefer to bathe and drink from shallow, still water sources such as a birdbath. So, while waterfall rocks can be attractive to many bird species, it’s important to provide a variety of water sources in your yard to ensure that all birds have access to water that meets their preferences.


You need to know…

  • Some pumps will need to be connected to an electrical outlet. Be sure to use an outlet with a ground fault interrupter.
  • Some pumps are solar powered, but are more expensive.
  • Waterfall rocks are sometimes sold without a pump. When purchasing, make sure the waterfall has a pump, or that you can supply your own.
  • Pumps can be damaged in freezing weather.


How to make your garden a bird paradise?

Creating a bird-friendly garden can be a rewarding and enjoyable project. Birds provide various benefits, such as pest control and pollination, and attracting them to your garden can enhance its biodiversity. Here are some tips to make your garden more bird-friendly.


Provide Food

  • Bird Feeders: Set up bird feeders with a variety of seeds to attract different bird species. Common seeds include sunflower seeds, millet, and nyjer seeds.
  • Fruit Trees and Shrubs: Plant fruit-bearing trees and shrubs, such as berries, to offer natural food sources for birds.
  • Nectar Plants: Include nectar-rich flowers to attract hummingbirds. Examples include bee balm, salvia, and trumpet vine.


Water Source

Install a birdbath with shallow water for birds to drink and bathe. Keep the water clean and change it regularly. If possible, include a small pond or water feature. Birds are attracted to the sound of running water.

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Shelter and Nesting Sites

  • Native Plants: Choose native plants that provide natural shelter and food sources for local birds.
  • Trees and Shrubs: Plant trees and shrubs that provide nesting sites and protection from predators.
  • Birdhouses: Install birdhouses in various locations with different-sized entrance holes to attract different bird species.

Avoid Pesticides and Chemicals

Practice organic gardening methods to avoid harmful pesticides and chemicals that can harm birds.

Provide Safe Spaces

  • Predator Protection: Position feeders and nesting boxes in areas that offer some protection from predators.
  • Safe Zones: Allow for open spaces where birds can spot predators easily while feeding or bathing.
  • Seasonal Planting: Plan your garden to provide food and shelter throughout the seasons. This ensures birds visit your garden all year.


Reduce Window Collisions

Apply decals or stickers to windows to reduce the risk of birds colliding with them.


Limit Outdoor Cats

If you have a pet cat, consider keeping it indoors to prevent it from preying on birds.


Be Patient

Let your garden develop naturally, and be patient. It may take some time for birds to discover and frequent your garden. Understand the types of birds in your region, their habits, and preferences. This will help you tailor your garden to their needs.

Remember that bird-friendly gardens are not only beneficial for the birds but also contribute to a healthier and more balanced ecosystem in your immediate surroundings.


About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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