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The Forgotten Feeder

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Many backyard birders hang a feeder from a tree branch or set it on a pole in their yard. Some strategically place two or three feeders around the yard for easy viewing from inside the house.

Generally, the greater the variety of feeders you place, the greater the diversity of birds you see. But many birders overlook one of the most enjoyable feeders available – the window feeder.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Cardinal-at-Window-Feeder.jpgNorthern Cardinal at window feeder.

The advantages of widow feeders are many. They bring birds right up to your window pane for close observation. Window feeders are easy to mount and can be removed as needed. They also lessen the risk of birds flying into your window since these feeders provide a visual barrier, breaking up a reflection cast by the outside surface of the glass.

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Chickadee at window feeder

For best results, place your feeder on a window near shrubbery or tree; attach it to a clean window surface, use a dab of vegetable oil (not saliva or water which quickly evaporates) on the suction cups for good adhesion. As always, allow time for your birds to find your latest feeder!

I am delighted to join the Birdzilla team through this blog, sharing ideas and topics related to feeding and attracting wild birds in your backyard. Bird feeding is my life-long passion,  instilled by bird-feeding parents who raised me on an 80-acre farm in central Michigan.  After college, my wife and I served as U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer high-school teachers in Africa and then as staff members over an eight-year period.
 
Those wonderful times led to 30-years of bird-feeding leadership as founder of the Wild Bird Centers, franchising and supporting wild bird specialty stores across the country. I helped found the Bird Education Network and was a key financial supporter of PROJECT WILDBIRD, I currently serve as Executive Director of the National Bird-Feeding Society. Several years ago, I was asked to join “The Birder’s Team”, a working group of birding leaders selected by the National Wildlife Refuge System to recommend ways to better serve birders. millions of whom visit our extraordinary network of more than 500 Refuges. These “conservation jewels” actively protect critical habitat and conserve bird populations of all kinds. Most recently, I served as a judge to select the winning artist for the NWRS’ 2015 Duck Stamp Contest.

I now look forward to helping our readers experience the best our wonderful hobby offers. As I often say “The closer we live to each other, the closer we want to be to Nature.”

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