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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2011, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Bird watching

Ritz loves loves loves to watch birds from my balcony window. I put bird seed out to encourage the birds to stop by and say HI to Ritz.
Unfortunately the neighbor below me wants me to say Goodbye to the birds; she is tired of the bird poop and seeds falling onto her balcony railing and balcony.
I can more or less solve the bird seed problem; but does anyone have any ideas how to keep birds off a balcony railing but NOT the balcony itself?
I live on the top floor of a three story building, 100 foot drop. There are no trees close enough that I can reach to put a bird feeder on.
Alternatively, does anyone have any ideas what to put on the balcony that would keep Ritz entertained during the work day? She does not like the puzzle box or any toy that she has to play with by herself. Do the DVDs for cats work--the continuous loop DVDs that have lots of birds on them
Me and Ritz thank you.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2011, 08:51 AM
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I used to do this with apples. She loved it. This morning a big fat crow landed and paraded around on the balcony and she almost had a seizure from the excitement lol

can you hang stuff just outside, or closer to, a window instead?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting about apples--no seeds!
I can certainly hang a bird feeder right next or on my balcony window, but that doesn't solve the bird poop problem. (I don't care if they poop on my balcony or railing; the neighbor cares.) Birds perch on something, but I was hoping I could buy something that they'd rather perch on besides a railing.
To complicate matters, chicken wire is in between the railing slats to prevent Ritz from falling through the cracks. (She is strictly an indoor cat, but one never knows....)
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 06:15 PM
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We use the feeders which stick to the window with suction cups. Perhaps it limit the bird poop a little for you too, since they would sit right over your own balcony rather than having a feeder hang over the railing? You could put a tray down under the feeder for the chaff that falls down...

A humming bird feeder would also be quite a thrill for kitty , and hummingbirds don't leave much mess...

If I think of other ideas I will post again. This is a subject near and dear to my heart, since I am a bird lover. Gracie loves our feeders!

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Yes, I've thought about a bird feeder with suction cups.
I put a suet cake above my balcony door/window but no birds approached. Any idea why?
And I don't think we have hummingbirds around here (suburban, Washington, DC area).
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Suet might be more appealing to a different set of birds than the usual urban ones - woodpeckers, woodsy species that would come around if you have enough trees and greenery. So it's probably a location issue. Seed eaters don't mind living in more urban settings: sparrows, finches, doves, pigeons, etc.

And as far as hummingbirds go, I think that the ruby-throated hummingbird is a summer resident of the entire Eastern half of the US, so it would be a seasonal thing to put up a feeder. If you have any plants on your balcony (esp with red or orange flowers) that would be a further attraction.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 01:13 PM
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adding a small fountain or a shallow dish of sand would also bring in birds, my cats love to watch birds sand bathe. maybe line your balcolny with astro turf or something you can wipe off easy and put out one of those dowel rod clothing hangers for them to perch on? the cheap ones for socks and stuff?

You can also try mixing bird seed with peanut butter to lower the amount of seed spillage to your neighbors.


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