Window bird feeders can be a wonderful way to watch wild birds up close. These are photos I took through my livingroom window.
Armchair Bird Watching
When I got this window bird feeder (you can see one here at Amazon.com), I hoped it would provide some good bird watching opportunities but I didn’t realize it would also solve a problem.
We were getting a fair number of birds crashing into our big living room window (several per week). After installing the window feeder, I noticed the crashes stopped.
Why? I’m pretty sure it works the same way those bird window decals do. The decals have to be attached to the exterior of the window to be visible to the birds. Although they come in bird shapes, it’s not the shape that alerts the birds, but the fact that there is a visible object on the surface of the glass.
My hunch is that the window feeder, attached to the outside of the window, also shows the birds that there is something there—and they can’t just go flying through it.
Problem solved. And these feeders are indeed very entertaining.
I keep a camera on my desk while I’m working and plenty of birds drop by.
Sometimes they gobble up the seed, but other times they just visit a while, watching the world go by.
I really like it when they seem to be checking me out. This guy kept cocking his head to have a better look. He was either looking at me or his own reflection:
When the rain pours down, one or more will sit and wait until it’s clear enough to fly again.
I’m not the only one prone to daydreaming—
If the feeder is placed to close to window sills or other climbing supports, this may also happen:
Plus, the bigger birds like this mourning dove will want a turn, even if they can’t fit—
While these feeders just come with suction cups to attach them to the window, I would definitely do something to keep them more secure so there’s no risk in harming the birds if one should fall down. I reinforce mine with wire and fishing line (positioned so nothing will tangle in it).
The window feeder is definitely good entertainment for this bird loving girl.