Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ready For Birds

We're ready for spring. 
Oh, the garden still awaits my attention,
but we have our new birdhouse up. 

I found this Nest View Birdhouse doing research for my Birdhouse post.  The plexiglass allows you to observe the innerworkings of the nest through your window.  It sounded like so much fun, I couldn't resist trying it.  Even my twenty-something son seems excited about the possibilties.

It mounts to your window with suction cups. 
I'm hoping that they'll be strong enough to hold it in place with a nest and birds in residence. 
In mounting, my placement was a bit off; when I tried to remove it for repositioning, the grip felt quite strong, so I'm hoping for the best.

View from our kitchen window.

The theory sounds great, but will it deliver? 
Reviews on Amazon are varied.  Some people seem to have had good results even on a kitchen window, but others say that activity in the house scares the birds away.  Perhaps I should move it higher up on the window, or to a bedroom window with blinds.  If you have experience with this type of birdhouse, I've love to hear how it went.  I'll keep you posted on any activity.

The Nestview Birdhouse has been silent and empty.
Although I moved it to a bedroom window where I've kept the blinds drawn,
no birds have ventured to take up residence.
It looks like the nice theory isn't much in practice. 

However, soon after I got this birdhouse, a friend showed up with a gift of
a homemade bluebird house
We've had more action there - read about it here.


Anonymous said...

Dear Chris, I very much like the idea of this terribly stylish birdhouse, but I do wonder about whether activity in the kitchen might disturb the birds and make them seek out an alternative home? I do hope not, but shall be interested to know what happens.

Christine said...

I really like this, its cute and the idea is nice. Would be interested to hear how it works out :)

debsgarden said...

I always wanted to do this! But I really doubted the suction cups would hold, as well as was concerned about how birds would adapt to the indoor activity.So you are the guinea pig. I eagerly await reports on the results!


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Cat said...

Hi Chris, Well that is a novel idea! I hope it works out for you and look forward to seeing your house guests soon. I've only seen feeders that attach to the window, never a bird house so really curious to hear how your experience turns out.

Toni - Signature Gardens said...

Oh, can't wait to hear how this turns out! Looks like a fun experiment :-)

Ginny said...

I hope it works and that you'll do a follow-up post to let us know! I have a hummingbird feeder that attaches to the window, but hummers aren't shy when they're hungry.

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

I can't wait to see who takes up residence here. It will be very exciting for you to watch. I have seen feeders that attach to windows but never a bird house. Very exciting!

Chris said...

Edith: I'm very interested to see how it works out, myself.

Christine: I will be sure to give a report on the results.

Deb: Yes, I have some questions about these issues myself, but am hoping for the best.

Ron: I do appreciate your visit and for letting me know you were here. I'll be glad to return the favor.

Cat: I was immediately intriqued by the idea and am hoping for a unique experience.

Toni: I'm hoping that it will be fun and will be sure to let you know how it goes.

Ginny: Thanks for your good wishes! I've seen feeders at windows before, too, but this was the first I saw a birdhouse to mount on the window.

Karin: Thanks - I'm hoping that it will be a fun experience!

Alistair said...

Hi Chris, what a brilliant idea, I hope it is successful. Only yesterday I was cleaning out the bird boxes, they always get used. The one very near the back door was used by wrens last year. Very cute the young would pop their heads out of the box looking for mum. In late Summer it was occupied by wasps.

Donna said...

Hi Chris...I had one of these but unless you put some dark covering on the window they may not nest...they will see you or your reflection if the room is too bright or the light outside is just right...I had hoped for some nice birds but alas the tree swallows tried to take it and they are too aggressive...ours was too near the patio and they would not let us near when we went out...so location is the most important with these bird houses...I hope you have better success...I am hoping to mount ours on a tree this year....

Island Threads said...

Chris sounds like a wonderful idea, like others I await to see what happens, I was thinking like Donna to cover the window where it is with something dark then peek occasionally, Frances

Masha said...

This is a great idea! I hope it works for you (will you let us know?).

Chris said...

Alistair: The theory sounds great, doesn't it? I'm hoping that it will work out in practice.

Donna: Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Yes, I would like nice birds to take up residence. I'm considering moving it to my bedroom window where I can keep the shades drawn most of the time.

Frances: I appreciate your thoughts - perhaps I'll move it to a location where the view to the room can be kept covered.

Masha: I agree and only hope the birds do, too. I'll let you know how it goes!

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Chris, Now we are all waiting anxiously to see how this venture works out for you. So glad I found your blog (thanks to you for visiting mine.) Wishing you luck with the birdhouse. P

Chris said...

Pam: Thanks for your kind thoughts. After some debate, we did cover the view from our kitchen into the birdhouse with costruction paper. We'll see if that helps and if any birds take up residence! Today, a friend showed up with the gift of a bluebird house which he promptly installed in our yard! I'm excited!

Carol said...

Dear Chris, What a clean simple design and most unusual back. I wonder as Edith and others about how this will work. I imagine a wren would not mind anything. Then again it might just put sticks inside so no other bird will use it. Good luck with this and I look forward to seeing what happens too!

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