Winters in Canada are tough on birds. They spend all their time looking for food, water and shelter. Anything that we can do to help these beautiful little creatures is a good thing and will help them to survive the cold nights.
Birds must eat from dawn until dusk just to survive the -30C nights. Suet and oiled seeds like sunflower and peanuts help, but having easy access to water is also a great help! Heated bird baths provide water when most sources are inaccessible or frozen. Birds can melt snow but this takes a lot of physical energy which is valuable to the birds survival.
The bird baths can be attached to a wooden deck rail or set in the ground with the stake that is included. The model I show in this segment only uses 70 watts of power so is quite energy efficient. Watch the video for more information.
Photo Courtesy Mike Barker