Updated at: 09-08-2022 - By: Jane Brody

Getting birds to visit a window might be challenging, but all you really need to know is that bird feed is essential.

Putting out bird food, especially sunflower seeds, peanuts, and dried mealworms, along a window sill is a surefire way to lure feathered friends to your view. Hang a normal seed feeder from the ceiling or use a dish to attract birds to a window. You can fill a window box or a planter that sits below the window with native wildflowers to bring the outside in.

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Common backyard birds could be skeptical of a window, making it difficult to get them inside.

But if you’re patient and willing to wait, it’s definitely doable.

Starting with the bird feeder pole, if you’re using one, place it a few feet from the window you want to attract birds to.

Meanwhile, you can attract birds to your window by putting out a variety of seeds, including sunflower seeds, in an uncluttered area of your window sill.

If the birds still have access to their usual feeders in the yard, they will continue to disregard the window position.

If you don’t have enough room on your window sill, a window bird feeder is a great option for keeping bird food fresh and dry.

The suction cups will adhere to a spotless pane of glass, and you can then fill the feeder’s open dish with sunflower seeds, or a mix of peanuts, crushed corn, and wheat.

If you want to attract a range of songbirds to your window feeder, rather than just a few of them, you’ll need to utilize a wider selection of bird food.

There’s no time to spend while all this is going on since you may start planting native wildflowers in a window box or flowers that produce seed, sap, or nectar in the planter that sits just below the window.

It’s true that having birds fly right up to your window in a window box is nice, but a planter can block your view if you place it on the ground a few feet below your window.

After setting up the bird feeder, all you have to do is kick back and wait for the birds to start showing up at your window in a matter of days.

Bird feed on window sill

The first step in luring backyard birds of any variety, from common songbirds to rarities, is to put out some bird food.

You can move forward to the section on window bird feeders if your window doesn’t have a sill.

Tips for luring avian wildlife to your home window sill with a variety of bird food, most likely seed.

You should put out a variety of bird food, including sunflower seeds, different seed mixes, peanuts, and why not a handful of dried mealworms, but sunflower seeds should take precedence.

Providing live mealworms for birds that feed primarily on insects, like Bluebirds, is a great idea, especially if you also want to have sunflower seeds out there for the birds that don’t eat bugs.

You took a picture of a Pine Siskin sitting on a rain-soaked window sill with bird feed strewn about, precisely as I suggested you do.

An assortment of bird seed mixes will be lined out along a window sill shelf to serve as a sort of open bird feeder dish.

For best results, choose a window that gets plenty of direct sunlight, as birds prefer to eat their food while basking in the warmth.

Put some bird seed on the window sill and keep some in feeders you’ve hung just outside the glass.

In fact, you might have to empty bird feeders if you want your regular birds to visit the window instead of sticking to the feeders.

Attract birds with window bird feeder

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A window bird feeder is, in my opinion, the most effective method of luring avian visitors to a window.

While there are risks involved, I can promise you that sticking a window bird feeder on glass makes a firm, strong link; in which even a lighter, half-empty window bird feeder would be physically incapable of toppling to the earth.

As long as the suction cups and the window they are attached to are spotless, window bird feeders can be used without worry.

Attract birds to your yard with a hanging bird feeder in the form of a dish, since this will accommodate the vast majority of backyard birds, or use a window bird feeder hanger to display your normal feeder.

Sunflower seeds may not filter as well in a conventional clear tube seed feeder, therefore it’s important to use just the types of seeds that work with your feeder.

Sunflower seeds are the best choice for a window bird feeder, followed by regular old common yet inexpensive bird seed mixes.

A window bird feeder, which is affixed to the outside of the window and may or may not operate, can be used to attract birds to your window.

If there are no obstructions, you’ll be able to get a good look at common songbirds as they sit on the edge of this lightweight glass plastic window bird feeder dish.

Flower filled window planter

You can let nature to take its course rather than relying on bird food you bought to put on a window ledge or to drop in a window bird feeder.

Planting native wildflowers below a window is a great way to entice local avian life to visit your window sill or the area immediately surrounding it.

Planting these flowers, or nectar-rich blooms to attract hummingbirds, near a window requires constant exposure to sunlight.

A window facing north is likely to be in the shade all day, thus a south or east orientation is preferable.

You can grow wildflowers in a window box on the window sill, or you can put a wooden box with soil under the window on the floor.

These flower varieties thrive in full light and can be planted directly beneath a south-facing window:

  • Sunflowers are a popular choice for bird feeders because so many species of common backyard birds enjoy eating sunflower seeds.
  • Coneflowers attract a wide variety of avian species, including seed-eating birds like blue jays, cardinals, and goldfinches.
  • Goldfinches are only one of the many types of birds that might be attracted to cornflowers due to their nectar, seeds, and sap.
  • Black-eyed Susans: adored by Goldfinches, but also popular with cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, and sparrows.
  • Finches, Northern Cardinals, Towhees, and Sparrows can all be lured to your garden from a distance by offering them daisies or any other readily available flower.
  • Asters entice numerous bird species, including goldfinches, chickadees, sparrows, and northern cardinals.
  • Flowers like marigolds can bring in a wide variety of birds.
  • Planting Virginia Creepers Will Bring In Birds Like Mockingbirds, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, and Blue Jays
  • Elderberries: a bird magnet for Brown Thrashers
  • Attracts birds such as robins, thrushes, cardinals, and chickadees throughout the fall and winter while it is dormant.

Sunflowers are great since they attract a wide variety of birds, but you can also mix in other plants, such as those that only nectar-eating birds can eat.

Keep it quiet at all times

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Putting out bird food in your living room window is the best way to lure birds in, but you still have some work to do.

If you want more reticent species of wild birds to feel comfortable perching on a window sill or landing on a bird feeder placed in the window, you’ll need to keep the interior of the building as quiet as possible.

To get birds to visit your window, you’ll need to be patient and perhaps replace the bird food several times before you see any activity.

However, all that waiting around can make you forget that there are birds to be attracted to your window in the first place, not to mention the fact that you need to maintain it silent at all times.

It’s a plus that the sun beating down on your window can make the inside of it dark, making it harder for birds to see inside the house when you or your family members are inside.

Keeping this in mind, you can go about your day as usual while giving the early morning and midday hours of backyard activity special attention.

Not only indoors, as you wouldn’t want to scare away the avian residents if you were to feed them near your backyard.

This includes everyone in your household, such as children and pets that are taken outside for bathroom breaks.

Let birds know danger ahead

You might start to observe some interest in the window once you’ve perfected your window sill or window bird feeders by using all the birds’ preferred foods.

You should take care, though, because birds may bump into the glass while they feed. Unfortunately, this can cause birds to crash against the glass, where they will likely suffer fatal injuries.

Protecting birds now requires pre-opening preparations such as taping the outer glass to alert birds that a pane of glass lies ahead.

If you have a south-facing window, you can use the reflection to view outside while everyone or anything else in the room can only see their own reflection.

This is problematic for the birds since the reflection in the window may look like an expansion of the yard to them, leading them to fly straight into it.

Please use window bunting, sticky notes, colored tape, or anything else that may be safely affixed to a window before you have to deal with the problem of birds flying into your window.

The birds will know there is an invisible panel of glass there because the colored sticky stationery will prevent them from flying past it.

With that, you’d need to spread out the sticky paper in a grid-like arrangement, giving more weight to the square foot or two around a window bird feeder if one is in use, or doing this over the entire external window to be extra cautious while birds feed outside the window.


Providing bird food, which should include the favorites, is the first step in luring as many species of birds as possible to your window.

Give top billing to sunflower seeds and seed mixes that also contain other seed species and additives like nut meat, broken corn, and wheat flour.

Even if your window sill isn’t very deep, it’s still a good idea to use it in order to attract birds, as this will force them to eat even closer to the glass.

Because window sills are typically set a few inches below window level, you may need to stand up to get a good look at birds feeding from a window ledge.

The use of a specialized window bird feeder dish stocked with bird seeds, nuts, and dried mealworms is another great way to lure birds to your window.

A bird feeder hanger for the window allows you to hang your existing seed feeder without modifying it in any way, simply by removing it from its current perch on a branch or bracket and attaching it to the hanger.

Of course, common bird seed will help, but it’s not necessary to lure birds to a window.

Instead of buying commercial bird seed, why not produce your own wildflowers and feed the birds the seeds, sap, and nectar they crave?

Plant a container of native wildflowers right below a window or in a window sill box.

For the time being, maintain a low profile so as not to frighten the birds away, and use brightly colored tape to deter them from colliding with the glass.

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