Entertainment value for money spent makes this bird feeder the best thing I’ve bought in a long time. It costs about $20, and it can easily provide year round entertainment. I have chickadees and house finches visiting this feeder every day. It only took a week for them to find it (Chickadees are curious birds!). I’m sure my younger self would have loved this. We had a bird feeder outsite but having your own window feeder in your room is so cool that I recommend this as a gift idea for every child and teenager who loves animals. You get to see the birds so upclose that you can almost count their feathers.
I have been getting a lot of House Finches. A few of the female ones look sick. There is apparently a pox and eye conjunctivitis that effects house finches. This one wasn’t scared of me, so I was able to get close to photograph her.
A few considerations before purchasing as a gift:
– This needs to be placed on a window that doesn’t have a screen.
– Placing it on a window near a tree or bush might help the birds find it.
– Place it higher than 3 feet off the ground and 3 feet from a tree so that squirrels can’t jump up to it.
– Consider buying a bag of seed so they can start feeding the birds right away. Black oil sunflower seeds are a favorite among most backyard birds.
Another similar idea is a window hummingbird feeder. If it’s summertime or if you live in an area that has year-round hummingbirds (here in Western Washington, we have Anna Hummingbirds all year round!), then this is a cool gift idea that creates less mess than a birdfeeder. No shells to clean up!
The hummingbirds actually come and stand on this feeder and will stay long enough to photograph! Click here for photos of these tiny birds visiting.