16.9.12

Tits, never around when you want to photograph them

I was asked to review a bird feeder from Presents for Men. Luckily my other half, the lovely Mr TM is quite keen on bird watching, we have a garden full of  feeders of various types and shapes. One of the reasons we have so many is that we have a resident grey squirrel (or two) and these are ninja squirrels, they have eaten through metal, they have broken entire feeders by gnawing through branches so the feeders fell, they are,  in short, pains in the arse.

The new feeder that Mr TM was excited to receive is a new type to us, it fixes via a suction cup to any window, so that you can watch the birds from the warmth of your own conservatory or kitchen etc. It's a Swedish design and looks very stylish.

Mr TM duly attached the feeder to the kitchen window. He was happy to report that it fixed easily and firmly to the glass. The view from the kitchen was perfect, a lovely clear globe of bright seeds, I was tempted myself! But the tits (and all other garden birds) were unimpressed. Maybe they thought the movement in the kitchen (and therefore near the feeder) was too close for comfort? Who knows, but they ignored the glamorous new feeder. Not so the ninja squirrel who spend a fun afternoon trying to first scale the kitchen wall upwards toward the nutty prize and later kamikaze style leaps from the extension roof in an attempt to dislodge the feeder entirely.

Mr TM gave up with the kitchen window and moved the feeder to the front of the house, away form the evil squirrels. Sadly the birds have not (yet) been attracted to it there either. So while I can vouch for the fact that it is well made, attached firmly and safely to a window and looks lovely both inside and out, I can unfortunately not vouch for the birds using it.




We wait hopefully. For tits.


  • Looks 10/10 
  • Value For money 8/10 
  • Usability/Usefulness 8/10 
  • Fun 7/10

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