Shunned by my Birds
I bought the bell a couple of years ago, first time out I gave up after a few weeks, the birds avoided it like the plague, and I had to dismantle and clean the bell on a couple of occasions, the moisture in the air was absorbed by the uneaten seed which sprouted or went moldy. Since my old faithful bird feeder was finally destroyed by a squirrel this year I decided to try the bell again, I put it up in October, the same reaction as before and yet more fiddly cleaning, one of the fierce winds brought it down and the centre pole snapped, if it had worked I would have fixed it, but...
Anne L. - Beith, 12 December 2011 20:47 h
Bell Bird Feeder on You Tube
I have written two reports on the Bell. but not seen them printed. So have now done some video of it in action. One where it defeats the attention from a squirrel and the other, with a constant stream of blue tits feeding from it. Hope that you will watch it to see how good this feeder is.
David W. - Camberley, 19 July 2009 22:16 h
Success with Bell Bird Feeder
It has taken a long while for the birds to start using the feeder. I would watch birds hovering outside the ball. not know that the way in was underneath. So I repositioned it in a bush, suspending it with a longer wire hook, so that it was in light branches, to light to support a squirrel. which when one tried the branches just lowered it away. Once a young family of blue tits found how to use it. Success. now it is a good job that it holds a lot of food. Some of which are wax balls that I flake so that they can be used in the feeder.
David W. - Camberley, 15 July 2009 17:30 h
Finally the birds have figured out its a feeder!
Having slated the product in my earlier review, it is only fair to add this addendum: In a final attempt to encourage the birds to use it, I hung it a day or so ago in a fruit tree in the orchard - an adventurous blue tit climbing up the peanut feeder which I had hung internally to attempt to encourage them to at least have a look at the bird Bell, has discovered the seeds which the bell dispenses, and so hopefully others will follow its example. So don't despair if at first no birds pay any attention to it. This has taken more than two months, and the design itself cannot be faulted in terms of keeping the seeds dry.
James M. - Rafford, 18 March 2007 15:46 h
Beautiful design - but all the birds in our garden are terrified of going anywhere near it!
My wife bought me one as a gift this year. In the month or so it has been out not one bird has gone anywhere near it - I suspect they are frightened of its shiny surface. Our garden was full of chaffinches, siskins, a robin, and bluetits. Since this feeding bell has been hanging outside nnear their normal feeding area, they seem to have deserted the garden, for the most part. It is a very clever design, in that it keeps the seed dry, and if the birds could ever figure out how to take the seeds, it would be wonderful. I have tried dangling a peanut feeder within it, as well, in the hope that from the peanut feeder they would transfer their attention to the seed bell, but to no avail. You need to bring this problem to the attention of the designer, for there is little point in having a beautiful design that in terms of function is entirely useless.
James M. - Rafford, 14 March 2007 18:06 h
Hi, I thought you may like to see the Bird Feeding Bell 'in action'. I used the clip on perch but you know who figured out what it was for, well before the birds did. I do rest easy, however, as when this goes to court the evidence for the prosecution is overwhelming! Love it! Malcolm H., 22.11.2010