The Bottom Line
Nothing beats a window feeder for close views of feeding hummingbirds, and the Window Mount Feeder from Perky-Pet is an excellent choice for a first hummingbird feeder or to add to an existing hummingbird feeding station. With a moderate capacity and sturdy construction, this feeder is sure to provide great views of hummingbirds for years.
- Window-mount design allows close views of feeding hummingbirds.
- Moderate capacity suitable for most hummingbird feeding.
- Lacks bee guards to deter insects.
- Clips that attach reservoir and base may be stiff to handle.
- Name: Window Mount Feeder
- Manufacturer: Perky-Pet
- Feeder Type: Hummingbird / Nectar
- Height: 8.25” (21.0 cm)
- Diameter: 5.25-6.75” (13.3-17.1 cm) depending on whether or not perches are used
- Capacity: 8 ounces
- Construction: Plastic
- Price: $12.82 (via Perky-Pet; prices from other retailers may vary)
Guide Review - Window Mount Feeder from Perky-Pet
A single but strong suction cup holds the Window Mount Feeder from Perky-Pet to any window or similar surface, such as a vinyl fence or shed, and the wide attachment point means the suction cup can be easily left in place when the feeder is removed for refilling and cleaning. The cleverly constructed base has short projections that keep the feeder even and level, minimizing leaks if it is hung properly and not overfilled – a discreet flower mark on the reservoir indicates the optimum refilling level. A pair of feeding ports are widely spaced and detachable perches give feeding birds the option of perching or hovering to feed.
The red base of the feeder has sufficient color to attract hummingbirds, though the yellow accent flowers may attract insects and cannot be fitted with bee guards. The clear reservoir makes it easy to determine nectar levels or to watch feeding birds through the plastic. The reservoir and base are attached by a pincer-style plastic clip that can be stiff and difficult to unfasten, and if not treated carefully the plastic can become brittle and worn over time and may break. Keeping the feeder in a shaded location – highly recommended for keeping nectar fresh anyway – is the best way to preserve the integrity of the plastic for a long lifespan.
The wide mouth of the reservoir makes refilling this feeder simple, but the steep angles and tight spaces in the base can make cleaning a challenge. A small brush will be useful for cleaning the feeding ports. After refilling, the feeder must be kept level while it is remounted or else it will leak at the base of the reservoir, and drips down a window or glass door will invite an army of ants to a free meal, as there is no option for an ant moat on a window-mounted feeder.
Overall, the small imperfections of the Window Mount Feeder are inconsequential when compared to the stunning views it can provide of feeding birds. Used carefully and thoughtfully, this feeder is perfect for an unparalleled hummingbird feeding experience.