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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.

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Coveside Panoramic In-house Window Bird Feeder with Mirrored Panel

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.

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DIY Window Bird Feeder with Top

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.

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Sure, Unless You Want the Same Bird Feeder Plans You Saw In a Picture

The story of my life, you see something you like and you go looking for it and you just can’t find it.  Regardless, I did find this little set of free suet bird feeder plans for an upside suet feeder.  It’s a bit late in the season to go on and on about suet feeders, but I just love them and the colorful birds they attract.  If you live in the northern states and put your suet feeder into a shady area of  the yard this summer, it will probably do just fine.  If you live in Florida like I do, you’ll do best if you make a dense suet cake, keep it in the shade as much as possible, and check it periodically to make sure it hasn’t gotten rancid.

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Pesky Squirrel Trying to Raid a Basic Suet Feeder

Suet feeders are a Godsend to the birds struggling to find food in the winter time up north.  Not only does the fat keep the metabolism high in the birds keeping them warm, but it is very nourishing to them as well.  Suet is solid white beef fat and you can probably get some from your butcher for little or no cost.  I’ll be covering exactly how to make a suet cake in a later article, so for now just know that you can make very inexpensive suet cakes for your backyard birds.

The birds that eat suet generally eat insects or worms so the animal fat, suet, attracts them to the feeder.  The colorful birds like the cardinal, the blue jay, blue birds, the woodpecker and others like the suet.  The pesky little starlings do too, but they don’t like to hang upside down to eat, hence the need for the upside down suet bird feeder. The cage itself dissuades the starling as well.

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Bluebirds at a Basic Caged Suet Feeder

The suet bird feeders are almost always a form of cage into which the suet is placed.  This type feeder is certainly easier and less expensive to buy than getting suet bird feeder plans and starting from scratch.  It is this cage that seems to be the only way to keep the squirrels away.  The squirrel has a very difficult time raiding the upside down suet feeders too.  The picture of the squirrel on the basic suet feeder cracked me up, so I had to share it with you.

Suet cakes with peanuts or peanut butter work really well to attract the colorful birds as do suet cakes with bird seed within, or just mix it all up because they seem to love it.  The birds which like the suet also enjoy black oil sunflower seeds too, and there is an excellent set of suet bird feeder plans which is a combination feeder with a tray feeder for the seed.  There are so many more kinds of suet bird feeders plans available, let’s just agree to meet again soon so I can share with you the upside down suet feeder as well as the window suet bird feeder.

 

Different Bird Feeders Attract Different Birds

What type of wooden bird feeder plans to choose is the most important question for you to answer!  That is, if you care which kinds of birds you are inviting to

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Illustrative Page: Suet Bird Feeder Plans

your backyard.  If you want to see yellow finches, you certainly won’t want a suet bird feeder.  Learn more and read on.

Briefly,  finches and other smaller birds enjoy feeding from a tube feeder and love thistle or Nyjer seed.  Hopper feeders are great for holding bird seed and sunflower seeds and will attract many different varieties of birds which like seed.  Those include bluebirds, wrens and jays, both small and larger species.  Suet feeders, or feeders with hard beef fat in them, are popular with cardinals, woodpeckers, and other species which generally feed on insects.  Finally, hummingbirds enjoy their own special hummingbird feeder which is really nothing but a container with tube-like holes going down into a sugar water solution given hummingbirds feed on the sweet nectar produced by flowers.

To be sure, different varieties of birds have completely different appetites.   In order to attract the type of birds you’d like into your backyard, you’ll need to be familiar with what your favorite birds like to eat.  Once you know that, you’ll know which type of wooden bird feeder plans to buy.

Once you’ve finished building your bird feeder, soon you’ll see your favorite birds arriving.  Unfortunately, along with your feathered friends, will come other animals who also would love to eat your birds’ food.

While any number of different animals will want to share your birds’ food, the most common will be the pesky and determined squirrel.  You may want to read this recent article about squirrel proofing,  “Keeping the Critters Out of Your Bird Feeders” posted last Tuesday.

Once you’ve answered all your questions, then either choose a set of the appropriate bird feeder plans and get started, or stop by your nearest garden shop, or shop right here online.  The sooner you do, the quicker you’ll have

Squirrel trying his best to get past a protective squirrel proof large hopper feeder.

Dang, If I Could Just Reach a Little Bit Further!

new friends in your backyard.

Should you decide to build your own special bird feeder from quality bird feeder plans, there are only two places we know of where you can get almost 100 different sets of bird feeder plans as well as thousands of other household woodworking projects that you are sure to enjoy.  Take a minute and click on either or both of the links above and learn more.