A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Haiths (http://www.haiths.com), a family run business selling ‘superclean’ bird food and a wide range of other garden bird products to test their ‘My Favourites Feeder’ (http://www.haiths.com/bird-feeders).
The manufacturers claim that the feeder design will encourage small birds such as finches, tits and sparrows with larger birds unable to grip onto the small base.
I tested the product over a week at two separate locations in my garden which is regularly visited by a wide range of tits and finches as well as larger birds including jackdaws, crows and magpies. The feeder was filled with superclean sunflower hearts throughout the study. In total, I have nine other feeders in my garden filled with different foodstuffs such as mixed bird seed, peanuts, nyger seed and suet balls. All the other feeders remained in use during the trial.
Delivery and Set-up
The feeder arrived well packaged and included a starter bird ID sheet. When filled it held 880g of the ‘superclean’ sunflower hearts (http://www.haiths.com/bird-food/) Filling was simple via the lid which was released/secured by a quarter turn. My grandma who is 84 liked this feature because it was easy for her to open and close.
The only thing I would say but it depends where the feeder is put that the hook on the top for hooking over somewhere is fixed which means it does not flip down or move and is always in an upright position. This means that if the hook you’re putting it on is very curved you need to put the feeder on its side to put it up and seed does fall out at this point. You can stop this by covering the feeding slot. A possible design improvement would be to include a flexible top attachment ring.
Location 1 was in an archway next to a clematis plant where small birds like goldfinches, siskins, blue tits, house sparrows, great tits and coal tits regularly visited. As suggested in the product information the smaller birds were able to easily cling to the feeder because they were small whereas larger birds couldn’t. It was surprisingly good because quite a few small birds could cling to it at a time stopping fighting among the birds over food which regularly happens with lots of other feeders.