Water Feature

I get asked regularly about our awesome water feature at our Lincoln City house so here is everything you want to know about it.  Jacob gets all the credit for buying the kit, digging the hole, and carrying the biggest heaviest flattest rock down from the clearcuts.

He purchased this kit from The Pond Guy

We have the 20" kit which means the opening where the water comes out at the top is 20" wide.  The 10" probably would have been fine.  And there are probably a lot of options out there with a wide range of price options.  He would not tell me at the time how much he spent :)

First step: digging a big hole to hold the basin of water that would feed the waterfall.
Second step: laying the pond liner and fitting the pump and milk-crate-looking box (aka the "basin matrix") that keeps the opening big for holding water. The pump is hooked up to the "waterfall box" where the water comes out.

Third step: rocks!  Having a a few big flat ones is great for the birds to stand on.

Fourth step: fill with water and plug it in!

And there it is!  We keep adding rocks to it but it's basically complete. The birds love it!

Water feature bird list so far:


1. American Goldfinch
2. Band-tailed Pigeon
3. Anna's Hummingbird
4. Rufous Hummingbird
5. Pine Siskin
6. American Crow
7. Red Crossbill
8. White-winged Crossbill (!!!)
9. Cedar Waxwing
10. Yellow Warbler
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch
12. Eurasian Collared-Dove
13. American Robin
14. Steller's Jay
15. European Starling
16. Western Tanager
17. Dark-eyed Junco
18. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
19. White-crowned Sparrow
20. Golden-crowned Sparrow

21. Cooper's Hawk
22. Black-headed Grosbeak
23. Warbling Vireo
24. Hairy Woodpecker
25. Spotted Towhee
26. House Sparrow
27. House Finch
28. Song Sparrow
29. Northern Flicker
30. Lesser Goldfinch 
31. Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
32. Townsend's Warbler
33. Yellow-rumped Warbler