Window Birdfeeders
For A Close-Up Look

1. Introduction

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.




2. List of Styles and Best Bird Food Choice

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.


  • Hummingbird feeders: saucer and tube styles that attach to the glass with suction cups can be purchased.
  • Seed feeders: that offer food in a variety of methods that stick to windows with suction cups. This type of window feeder is often clear acrylic which offers even better viewing.
  • Suet feeders: with suction cups are also available.
  • Windowsill tray feeders: can also be purchased or made.

How to Make a Windowsill Feeder

There are many different ways to make a windowsill or bird feeding shelf.

Seven Steps to Build a Bird Feeding Shelf

    1. Attach to the outside of a window a one half inch thick piece of cedar or pine the length of the window sill.
    Three Ways to Attach a Bird Feeding Shelf.
  • Brackets can be attached underneath the board to be drilled into the wall underneath the window to support the feeding shelf.
  • Brackets can be attached on the top of the board at each end to attach the feeding shelf to the window frame on both sides.
  • A board the exact length can be wedged into the width of the window for a tight fit.
    2. Attach a one inch high lip to the exposed side and ends of the shelf to prevent the seed from blowing off and being kicked off by the wild birds.

    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.



3. Positive Features of  Window Bird Feeders

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.


4. Problem Features

1. Window bird feeders 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.


5. User Opinions

Bird Watchers love window bird 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.


 6. List of Birds Attracted to Window Bird Feeders

Chickadee

Tufted Titmice

Nuthatches

Carolina Wren

Mockingbird

Finches


Hummingbirds

Orioles

Northern Cardinal

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Woodpeckers

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!


Discover Different Types of Bird Feeders


  • Tube Feeders - This type of feeder can be used to attract smaller specific types of birds. They also serve as a deterrent for birds which are considered pests.
  • Thistle Feeders and nyjer seed are just what the “bird” doctor ordered if you want to attract Goldfinches to your yard.
  • Window Feeders are an exciting way to draw backyard birds up close for a good look at their beauty and behaviour.

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  • Bird Feeders FAQ Check out what other bird watchers are curious about and discover the answers to questions that are often very common among backyard birders. Throw your helpful ideas in too.   

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