Re: [gardeners] Bird bath

George Shirley (
Sat, 17 Jun 2000 08:27:08 -0500

Squirrels can jump into the bird bath, it sits about 3 feet above ground level.
Doubt if rabbits or raccoons could though. We have no chipmunks around here and
only the occasional mole or vole. Anything that lives in the ground had better
be able to breathe underwater.


penny x stamm wrote:
> George, I've had a rock which has a basin carved into it,
> in immitation of an old Japanese drinking stone from a
> formal Japanese garden, sitting empty on the sidelines for
> about 4 years. It should be supplied with a trickle of water
> coming thru a long bamboo shaft and spilling into the basin,
> of course with a primitive drinking cup alongside......
> I'm sure we could get a water supply to this stone; I'm equally
> sure I could find a hollow bamboo natural colored shaft. My
> hesitation concerns the racoons, squirels, rabbits and
> chipmonks:  if I keep a guaranteed supply of water out there,
> it seems to me that Mother Nature will take out a full page ad
> on the Daily TV news, inviting every animal in Kingdom Come
> to come and sip ....   They've caused so much damage already
> that I am unwilling to add to the problem.
> I had thought that I would trot out there every day and pour in
> a half a cup of vinegar, but that's not practical.
> I suppose I could fashion a nice big Reynold's Wrap cover for
> the rock, and only open it up when I'm very occasionally sitting
> out there with Jimmie and some cheese and crackers after
> working up a storm all day -- but I envision a shiny reflection
> hitting me in the eye as I garden, and startling me as I make every
> turn...
> Of course, with the assistance of Juan, or Pedro, or Carlos (whom
> I would steal from the gardeners who come across the street),
> perhaps I could build me a rock-and-concrete stanchion on top
> of which one of the boys could place my hollow rock ---  tell me,
> do  rabbits and squirrels and racoons and chipmonks get into
> bird baths . . . ???
> Penny, NY
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