Question: I’m always hearing about birds hitting windows and injuring or even worse killing themselves. Knowing that, why would a person use a window-mounted bird feeder?
Answer: First, remember that a bird coming into a bird feeder, whether a window-mounted feeder or one placed in your yard is slowing down to make its landing safely. The same is true for take off, the speed is minimal. Knowing that, feeders attached to windows don’t give the bird enough distance to build up the speed that is needed for them to injure or kill themselves. Window-mount bird feeders are usually attached to the window with suction cups. Some tips to make the suction cups stick are to make sure the window is squeaky clean. Then soak the suction cups in very hot water to make them pliable before attaching them. One safety measure that we stress for every bird feeder is to place it near shrubs, bushes, trees or a brush pile. They provide a hiding spot that will protect birds from dangers such as cats and hawks. Learn more about this by reading the article “How to Protect Wild Birds While You Feed.”