Window birdfeeders are a wonderful venue to observe wild bird behaviour.
There probably isn’t a better means to view our feathered friends up close.
It is an excellent method to take photographs, other than going to the trouble of setting up a camera near a feeder.
I have found that putting mini-blinds down, with slats open horizontally, allow people to observe little feathered friends at a window feeder without them seeing you. The mini-blinds provide enough of a barrier that the bird watchers inside are not easily seen.
Because many different styles of feeders can be mounted on a window for attracting birds up close, the type of bird food will vary with each style of window birdfeeders used.
There are many different ways to make a windowsill or bird feeding shelf.
3. By making the long side of the lip a little shorter than the length of the board, leaving a two inch gap, cleaning will be much easier. It will prevent seed from collecting in the front corners and will provide a “gate” to brush the old seed and shells out.
4. Drainage is also an important factor. The feeder can be installed with a little tilt to allow water to drain through the corners which have been left open. Or another solution is to drill holes in the feeder at strategic points to allow drainage.
5. Treat the feeding shelf with a sealer to increase its longevity.
6. Seed bins can be rigged up at one end of the feeding shelf to hold seed.
For example: a plastic container can be screwed onto the shelf through the bottom of the container. Cut an opening on the side at the bottom of the container to allow the seed to be slowly dispensed. Fill the container with seed and snap on the lid. The seed is protected from the elements and is slowly made available to the birds as they eat it.
7. Suet can also be made available very easily.
Attach a board to one end of the tray feeder. Next staple a small piece of wire mesh onto the inside of the end board, making a pocket big enough to insert a clump of suet into it. Or a suet cage can be purchased and attached to the board.
1. Can be filled from indoors if the window can be opened.
2. Incredible bird watching opportunity.
3. Will prevent window strikes as birds are focusing on the bird food and not the reflection in the window.
4. Window feeders provide a little protection from predators which are too wary to venture so close to a human’s home.
1. Windowsill feeding causes a mess close to the home.
2. A complaint about this type of feeder is the usual bird feeding problem of accessibility for squirrels. The solution is to use safflower seed, hummingbird window feeders, and plain suet.
Bird Watchers love window feeders. An intimate viewing of our feathered beauties with such a close up location is possible and enjoyed.
There is also such a variety of bird food that can be used; seed, syrup, fruit and suet.
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Some wild birds will require a good deal of patience while you are waiting for them to feel comfortable enough to visit window birdfeeders. But what joy when they do!