We had a lot of rain in the two weeks when I was off work and I spent a fair amount of time watching the birds bathing in a pond which formed in our flooded garden. They were certainly entertaining to watch and didn't seem to mind that the water was not pristine.
When the weather improved and the pond dried up, we thought that it would be nice to have a bird bath in the garden and were fortunate enough to find one in a sale last Saturday. We had it assembled and in place within minutes of arriving home, so you can imagine our disappointment that no birds are using it. We even found a little rock for the smaller birds to stand on if the water is a bit too deep for them. As it is placed adjacent to where the pond formed, we thought that the birds would be keen to take advantage of this new water feature.
I was out in the garden a few minutes ago and stuck my finger in the water. which is a beautiful temperature. If it were a little bigger, I'd be tempted to have a paddle myself!