Be Sure Your Window Bird Feeder is Safe for the Birds to Visit
There is nothing more relaxing and enjoyable with your morning coffee but a visit from one of your back yard friends to have breakfast with you. Window bird feeders can make this possible virtually every day of the year. While I’m talking about a window feeder in your kitchen dining area, the best window in your house may be elsewhere. You choose the window best for you, and then be amazed at the close up views of your favorite birds. With a window feeder, you can get so close that every single detail of your favorite birds will be visible. You’ll see their colorings, their features, how they move, and eat in almost microscopic fashion.
In addition to the unbelievable close up views of your birds, there are some other benefits of most window bird feeders that many of us don’t realize. For instance, unless there is a nearby tree branch or other object with some height by the window, you will have a squirrel free bird feeder without the aggravation of trying to outwit the wily squirrel. On the other hand, if trees or other object are nearby, all anti-squirrel bets are off, and you may have to move the feeder to different window.
All window feeders are neat from our human perspective, but it is important for us to remember these feeders which provide sustenance can be dangerous to the birds at the same time. No, not the feeder itself, but the window to which it is attached. Some have estimated upwards to a billion birds per year die from flying into windows, because they can’t see the glass.
Window bird feeders like the one above are safer for the birds than the ones located on the window sill. The simple reason for this is not unlike the decals many of us place on our sliding glass doors to keep humans from crashing into the window. The feeders attached to the middle of the window are much like our decals and make the birds realize something is there.
You can make window sill mounted feeders just as safe by adding a decal or blocking out the glass with shades or some other window covering from the inside or outside. There are any number of decorative things you can do when necessary, just be sure you don’t block your own view of the feeder.
Like your other feeders, window bird feeders should be cleaned daily to protect the birds which feed there from becoming sick. We often forget birds transmit diseases to one another just like humans, and with these feeders, the birds walk around on top of the food they are eating and do leave a few droppings behind which are clearly not healthy. Thankfully, most window feeders are very easy to clean. Even the do-it-yourself window feeder project in this post is specifically designed to be easy to clean. You can visit that post by clicking here.