Water For The Birds
Simmons, photos by Morgan McKellar
Do you have a section of the yard that is
hard to mow or would you like to accent your
garden? Why not think larger than a birdbath
and go with a recirculating creek? The
wonderful concept of the Avian Aquatics Bird
Creek is that it can be adapted to your
landscape, whether large or small, steep or
First survey your area and get the general outline for the
water’s course and gather supplies: pond
liner, creek gravel, landscape rock, level,
shovel, hose, work gloves, plants, and kit.
Depending on the location, you may need to
have an electrician run a line to your site.
Then create level areas for each dish and
dig out the area for the pond and pump.
I highly recommend that you line the entire
length of your creek with pond liner to
After digging and leveling; put the liner,
dishes, and pump in place and do a practice
run to see how the water flows. As you add
the gravel the flow will change, so you can
adjust as you need to.
you are ready to landscape with the rocks.
The rock that Mark used came from Cripple
Creek, they have a good selection of size
and color and their prices were very
reasonable. During this time check to see
that the water does not escape by traveling
across the rocks. Keep it in the creek! Wet
dirt off to the side of the creek is a good
indicator of escaping water. Add plants
around and in the water and you are
enjoy the sound of the water and watch the
birds enjoy it too.