Many bird watchers enjoy sitting for hours and watching the antics of birds flying, hunting for food and raising their young. However, during cold winter months sitting outdoors to watch the birds doesn’t seem so attractive. Winter is the most critical time to place feed out to help birds supplement their natural diet. A new breed of bird feeders allows you to feed birds, watch their play and maintain your feeder all with ease.
The advantage of window feeders
Window bird feeders attach to the outside of your home’s window which allows you to sit inside and watch the birds. When it’s 30 degrees outside this is a huge advantage.
Consider traipsing through the snow to refill the bird feeder hanging from your backyard shade tree. How often will you do it? Unless you’re a committed bird enthusiast, chances are not often enough. Ideally bird feeders should be refilled and cleaned every day during winter months, a tough order if it’s snowing heavily. Window feeders allow you to walk right outside, or even reach out and refill your feeder.
In addition to convenience and viewing, window bird feeders are a perfect answer to squirrel problems. If you live in an area prone to squirrel trouble, place your bird feeder on a window where a squirrel cannot jump high enough to reach it. Viola! Problem solved.
Types of window bird feeders
There are two primary types of window feeders:
- Feeders which attach to a window via a suction cup or Velcro. These types of feeders are usually small, a great idea for apartment dwellers or on a kitchen window.
- The second type of window feeders are sill feeders. These may also be called solarium feeders. They are built to stick out from a windowsill and have side pieces that adjust to fit the window. These types of feeders allow for easy access to refill or clean the feeder. Many solarium feeders have one-way mirror back, which allows you to see the bird without the bird seeing you.
Placing window feeders
Once you’ve chosen the right feeder for your home, find a spot facing the habitat of the bird you wish to attract. For instance, if you’re trying to attract Blue Jays, you’ll want to have trees or shrubbery of varying height and type nearby.
Generally, you’ll want to place your feeder away from windows close to our facing a street or driveway. That way birds will not be scared off by passing cars.
Whichever window bird feeder you choose, you’re sure to enjoy hours of fun watching the antics of your local bird population from the comfort of your home!