Best Window Bird Feeder For Nature Watching (2022)


A window bird feeder can allow you to get the best possible view of your feathered friends. Have you ever watched a goldfinch feed its young ones? Many different types of window bird feeders exist today for your bird-watching enjoyment.

There are hopper feeders, suet feeders, tube-type feeders, and open trays that are manufactured in lots of interesting shapes and sizes. There are a variety of plastic feeders that are attached to your window with suction cups. There are also tray-type feeders that are attached to window frames. These feeders attract chickadees, finches, titmice, and sparrows. This type of window bird feeder provides us with a great close-up view of our wild birds.

If your style of bird-window feeder allows the birds to stand in the seed while feeding the seed will become soiled quickly. It will be necessary to clean this type of bird-window feeder on a daily basis and change the seed.

These feeders are the easiest to use since they can be refilled from inside the house by opening the sliding portion of the window. You can watch the birds from inside the house without concern of scaring them away. This mirrored window bird feeder attaches to the window in seconds and the one-way mirror on the back wall allows you to see the birds but they cannot see you.

Your cat will even enjoy this feeder for he can watch the birds with no concern that he will harm them. The top of the feeder opens to allow more seeds to be added and the seed drops out onto a level feeding platform allowing food to be continually disbursed.  Just attach the feeder to the part of the window that does not move and fill it by opening the casement window.

Some window feeders are small enough and use suction cups that work well with crank-out windows. You will have to go outside to refill and clean these units. If you are with a window bird feeder that does not come with a one-way mirror you can buy a plastic film mirror and attach it to the window to obtain the one-way mirror effect.

It is a good idea to experiment around with different types of seeds to attract different birds. Here are some likely choices of seeds along with the types of birds who like them.

  • Black Oil Sunflower attracts chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches, house finches, cardinals, grosbeaks, and jays.
  • Hulled Sunflower Seed attracts woodpeckers, mockingbirds, wrens, and woodpeckers along with chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches, house finches, cardinals, grosbeaks, sparrows, and jays.
  • Striped Sunflower Seed attracts chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches, house finches, cardinals, grosbeaks, and jays.
  • Millet attracts doves, sparrows and juncos, cardinals, bobwhites, quail, and buntings.
  • Thistle Seed attracts House Finches, Purple Finches, Pine Siskins, and redpolls.
  • Safflower attracts chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches, house finches, grosbeaks, and jays, and cardinals.
  • Cracked Corn attracts pheasants, quail, doves, sparrows, towhees, blackbirds, grackles, and jays.
  • Nuts attract woodpeckers, mockingbirds, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches, house finches, cardinals, grosbeaks, and jays.
  • Fruits such as oranges and apples are good also. Be sure to place a water dish out, as water is just as important as food. A window bird feeder attracts more birds than any other style.

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