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on 21 July 2014
I mounted this feeder on the window of my summerhouse which I use as an office. Being not much more than a small shed with windows, this feeder is no more than 5ft from where I sit. There are a lot a shrubs around the outside of the shed, but there is a clear flight path to the rest of the garden. I put it up early in the winter, and have been very impressed at just how well it sticks to the glass. (its definitely worth cleaning the glass very thoroughly before you attach the suckers. I filled the various compartments with a mixture of mealworms, nuts, seeds and fat balls on the side attachments. All the compartments in the tray have drainage holes to allow rainwater out. The one exception is a small compartment at the front that is meant for water. This compartment is very small so I don't bother putting water in it, and instead fill it with food. there are plenty of other water sources in the garden,
It took about 2 weeks before any bird visited the table while I was in the shed watching. This was still winter when the birds were hungry, so for those reviewers who do not get any birds, I would suggest being patient and wait till winter. First to come were a pair of Great Tits. Sometime later, lots of Blue Tits joined them. Since then the Robins have started coming and the occasional Long-Tailed Tit stops off to eat on their daily passage through the garden each afternoon. I have a lot of other birds in the garden, but none of the others are brave enough to use this feeder with me sitting so close. Strangely I have some very brave wrens which will actually sit on the door handle 18 inches from my head, but wont use the feeder. With all the birds that do visit, I try to move around as little as possible, as they are quite nervous with me so close, and are easily startled. The exceptions to this are the Great Tits who don't seem at all concerned about me, even if I stand up and move closer.
Now it is summer, and it seems that the fat balls are favourite, winter, spring and summer. The birds only take the other food in the trays if the fat balls have run out. They also visit far more frequently when fats balls are available. I have noticed that the Great Tits in particular will flick large amounts of loose food out of the trays looking for something interesting buried deeper, which means that there are seeds all over the ground. This can be a real problem for attracting mice or rats. Keeping the feeder stocked with fat balls gets around the problem.
The clear plastic design means that the birds are always totally visible, which is a great bonus. My only issue with this feeder is the safety string. It looks very unsightly having white string stretch from the feeder to the nearest opening window. Up to now, the suckers have been 100% reliable, but no doubt if I removed the ugly string, the feeder would fall off the window the following day.