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  • June 5th, 2010 | 4:19 PM
robin visits my bubbling rock


robin visits bubbling rock, originally uploaded by susanwrites.

I wonder how much better the picture would have been if I hadn't shot it through my dirty window? :)

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mirtlemist
June 6th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
What a great picture! How does the bubbling rock work? Does the water just gently wet the surface or does it spray? Just wondering, because it's very cool :)
susanwrites
June 6th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
It bubbles at a pretty good rate. Must look like Niagra falls to the hummingbirds. It gurgles up about 2 inches out of the hole and then trickles down the side of the rock back into the bucket in the ground. I worried that we'd have to adjust the spray because it was coming out so fast but the birds seem to love it. What I wish was that I had thought more about the shape of the rock and given them more of a surface on top. Right now it's pretty much one bird at a time unless it's the finches or the Swainson's thrush.

It's really kinda funny to watch them and see who has to leave when someone else comes and who can stand their ground. First in line waits in the manzanita, second is in the mountain mahogony, and if you're in the mallow or the ceanothus, you're going to wait a while.

Of course if you're a cowbird (biggest splasher) or a sparrow (love to take group baths) you just go to the bird bath with no moving water.

I want to get, maybe when Flyboy sells, a bigger rock, one a couple of feet wide that has a big dip in it for them. They actually sell them around here as bird bath rocks. :)
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susanwrites
June 6th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, we did it ourselves but there are kits out there too.

Basically what you need is a rock with a hole in the center (rock yards will drill that for you usually) a bucket for the water, a lid for the bucket or a grate to go on top, and a pump.

It's just like a fountain only the fountain is underground. :)

Here's a kit: http://www.amazon.com/Aqua-Rock-TSFS-Fountain-Sandstone/dp/B001G0MSXU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1275841216&sr=8-1

Thank you for noticing that I said "when" with Flyboy. I'm trying to practice the power of positive thinking but as you know, some days are easier than others.
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