This interesting concept is becoming a reality after one man from Massachusetts has started a company selling unique feeders. Although anyone could buy these cool bird feeders, they are ideal for those who are bedridden or have to be indoors all day, but would love the opportunity to become familiar with nature.
Essentially, the bird feeder is installed into an opened window similar to a window air conditioner. You can put seed into the feeder from the inside of the house, so you never have to go outside. Then, birds fly into the feeder and eat the seed. The great part about the feeder is that you’re able to get really close because there is a reflective film facing into the house. That means someone from the inside could watch the birds from a few inches away without the birds knowing anyone’s there.
According to an article in the Sentinel and Enterprise, Mike Law started making these types of bird feeders as a hobby to make a few extra dollars with his company NorEaster Tough In-House Bird Feeders. However, he was given a new perspective on his idea after someone gave Pam Ferguson’s bedridden son, Bobby, a bird feeder. After being unable to go outside to enjoy nature for the past five years, he was able to have another thing to entertain him.
The article states that Ferguson and her son watch birds fly in together and then identify the birds on the Internet.
The heartwarming story didn’t stop there either. Ferguson eventually persuaded her employers at an assisted living house to buy one for the patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. They absolutely loved the bird feeder.
Part of the major appeal of the bird feeder is that it doesn’t require you to go outside to refill it or see the birds. They literally fly into the room with you and give you an entirely new perspective.
Law is hoping that he can connect with charities to bring his creation to people with illnesses that keep them inside for long periods of time.
If you’re looking for bird feeders similar to this style, check out our collection of window feeders. Another way to get up close to birds without having to interfere with their natural behavior is to get a birdcam and place it in a bird feeder and birdhouse.