Picture yourself on a restful day, curled up on the sofa with a fleece blanket and a good book. Suddenly, you look up from your book, and outside your window is a radiant cardinal enjoying seed from your window feeder.
This scenario is exactly what window feeding is all about - bringing beautiful songbirds into your home so you can enjoy a pleasant and entertaining look from the comforts of your favorite easy chair.
Window feeders vary in style, just like hanging and post-mounted feeders. Many are platform style, since this feeder type gives you the clearest view. You will also find window feeders in the hopper and dish-styles because these styles do not exclude any birds and are also fairly open for good viewing.
Most of today's window feeders mount by suction cup. On some styles, you can remove the feeder from the suction cup base to refill. This means you won't have to break the suction-cup seal against the window. In order to get the best cohesion between suction cup and window, make sure both surfaces are clean before installing the feeder. Clean the window glass and wipe the suction cups with a clean, damp cloth.
Bird safety is a concern when using a window feeder. Place the window feeder away from locations where animals of prey may lie in wait. Also, to avoid bird injury due to window collisions, install removable window decals that reflect ultraviolet light. These are brilliantly visible to birds, and prevent them from flying into windows.
Remember, clean, well-maintained feeders keep birds coming back again and again - even when they're crossing over into your world.