Just a few days ago, I posted a FAQ post called "How Long Until Birds Find a New Bird Feeder?". My response referred to the Rule of 2s when hanging a new feeder which I got to test myself when I put out a new window tray feeder last week.
I've had a window tray feeder out before, but it has been down for quite awhile and it was on a different window. To add to the challenge, bird activity at my feeders has been pretty slow all autumn long.
It's a great little feeder, with quality suction cups that will cling even in really cold temperatures. Applying it on a warmer day and on a clean window helps (read my post about tips to help a window feeder stay put). I installed the feeder on Tuesday 11/22 and put a handful of a good seed blend on the tray.
Just a reminder: the Rule of 2s is that, after putting out a new birdfeeder, it might take 2 seconds, 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days, 2 weeks, or even 2 months for birds to use it. There are things to do to help speed the process, but sometimes you just have to be patient and let nature take its course.
This time, it took just 2 days for the activity to start at my new feeder. Not bad during a slow feeder period in the yard! And as birds find the feeder, they'll attract more birds to use it, drawn by the activity.
Here's the guests I had enjoying this nice little feeder on that 2nd day.
When interacting with wildlife as we do when we put out birdfeeders, we cannot MAKE things happen. We can do things in a certain manner to try to change the habits of wildlife (which birds are, of course), but sometimes they make us wait. To me, the two day wait wasn't long at all, and even if it had taken 2 months, just one bird would make it worth the wait.