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WARNING HEAT WAVE ALERT!!

June 30, 2012

  “Yes! Yes! Oh this feels so good!”

    Today, in most parts of the US, to say it is hot is an understatement.  There are heat wave warnings in effect for the next few days.  There are heat wave advice warnings posted and reported in the news papers, TV and radio for humans and our favorite pets, but lets not forget all the other wild life we share space with in our own yards, patios and decks. 

     Even if you do not normally feed your local feathered friends, you might be surprised at how many will come if you only put out some water!  No food needed…. it would be nice….but none needed, right now water will attracted many birds and other wild life looking for some much-needed relief from the heat!

     Now what to do.  If you already have bird baths set up great, but they need to be checked on at least twice a day as the water can get very hot in just a few hours in these high temperatures.  What I do , I put fresh water out after dark and that way the first few early birds or other critters will have a somewhat cool drink of water until I can get moving in the morning.  I am not a morning person, but if you are, fresh morning filling would be fine.  Midday is when I next check my water stations.  By noon the water is already hot to the touch!  So, out it goes {use the old water for watering your plants or cool it off and reuse later} and fresh cool water is placed and since the water can become heated quickly I add ice to the water.  You can then just add ice throughout the rest of the day if you have time, otherwise by late afternoon check and add more cool water.  The birds and other wildlife will treat you to a nice display of water play for your efforts.  Remember this is breeding season for most wildlife and there are young that are at risk now due to this heat wave.

     What to use.  You don’t have a bird bath?  That’s OK, you don’t have to have a fancy bird bath or if you do then put some more water stations out during this heat wave.  Try and use stoneware, plastic or clay shallow dishes with sloping sides/edges as these will not become so over heated to cause harm.  For deeper dishes add a few rocks just under the water level so that the small critters have a safe way to enjoy the water.

     Where to put them?  I like to use several heights and locations.  The ones on the ground I keep in shaded spots where most anything that walks, creeps or crawls can enjoy and quench their thrust.  For the feathered critters, I use hanging hooks in the shade or placed on top of bricks or wood stands where they are protected from other critters who might like a snack with their water.  Don’t worry, if you put them out they will come….

     Now just sit back and enjoy your cool long drink and the gentil breeze on your shoulders ….. from the air conditioner…… while watching the water play until our paths cross again……  Lila

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  1. July 6, 2012 7:20 pm

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