Birdscaping

Bird Waterers: The Importance

of a Water Source for Birds

15 Jul , 2015  

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Just like us, our wild bird friends need water for survival. Whether our backyard visitors are cleaning their plumage or just washing down their food; water is the best way to attract birds and complement a birdscaped backyard. One of the easiest ways to bring a water source to your yard is to add a […]

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Product Spotlight

It’s Hummingbird Happy Hour at the Hummerbar®

15 Jul , 2015   Video

Perky-Pet Hummerbar 2 FT

Ever wonder what hummingbirds are really thinking when they are at the feeder? Perky-Pet® has determined what’s going on when hummingbirds visit the ever-popular Hummerbar®. As it turns out, the Hummerbar® is a social gathering that hummingbirds can’t seem to resist! With dozens of feeder ports, this ol’ waterin’ hole can serve a hungry flock […]

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Wild Bird

How to attract birds with water

5 Jul , 2015  

Attract birds with water

If you are looking for a new way to attract birds to your yard, then consider what covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface – water! Birds need water just as much as they need food. In the same way we use water in a variety of ways, so do birds. Beyond quenching their thirst […]

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Learn about PA Songbirds at Hawk Mountain

29 Jun , 2015  

Learn about Eastern Bluebirds and others in the PA Songbirds class provided by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The more birds that visit the bird feeders outside your window, the more intrigued you get by the little creatures. You find yourself asking, “Why do they do what they do? What makes them tick?” You can gain tremendous knowledge by reading books, blogs and various online resources, but learning takes a huge step forward […]

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Photographer's Spotlight

Photographer’s Spotlight: Ricky L. Jones goes from a wedding photographer to the birds

18 Jun , 2015  

Indigo Bunting by Ricky L. Jones

Ricky L. Jones was born in Memphis, Tenn., but currently resides in southeastern Wisconsin. He’s a Distance Learning Technician for Gateway Technical College and says he’s “basically a computer tech that helps students with their computers and software.”

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Wild Bird

25 Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds

29 May , 2015  

Columbine for hummingbirds

Every bird fancier knows that certain species are attracted to certain plants – whether for food, protection or a place to roost overnight. For hummingbirds, plant selection is especially important since they have evolved to feed in a very specific manner. They require sugary nectar to keep their wings flapping and their metabolism running at […]

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Product Spotlight

How the Hummerbar® found a home at Perky-Pet®

19 May , 2015  

Hummerbar inventor

Greg H., the man who would become the inventor of the Perky-Pet® Hummerbar®, had a problem we would all love to have: There were too many hummingbirds visiting his feeders. It all started about four years ago after Greg realized he had a lot of hummingbirds to feed, and, as a result, a lot of […]

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‘Into the Nest’ is a fascinating look at bird behavior

18 May , 2015  

"Into the Nest"

Most of people have a fairly limited exposure to birds. People see them when they are visiting bird feeders or when they flit around our yard. “Into the Nest,” a new book by bird experts Laura Erickson and Marie Read, shows us another critical aspect in the lives of birds — their mating and nesting […]

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Bird Feeding Basics

5 tips for bird window strike prevention

8 May , 2015  

Window mounted bird feeders can help alert birds to the presence of windows.

One of America’s favorite pastimes is enjoying the sight of colorful wild birds flitting from feeder to feeder and zipping across any open space. For some, it becomes a morning ritual to sit by the breakfast table and enjoy a bird oasis on the other side of their windows. But for birds, those windows can […]

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Bird Migration: Birds of the Central Flyway

2 May , 2015  

Central Flyway - North America migration

Stretching for more than 5,000 miles from Central and South America and to the polar regions of North America, the Central Flyway shares many of the same attributes of the Mississippi Flyway. Still, it is distinct enough to be included as its own flyway since many of the birds use the eastern edge of the Rocky […]

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Bird Migration: Birds of the Pacific Flyway

30 Apr , 2015  

Pacific Flyway migration map

The West Coast has a certain allure to it — the sunsets over the Pacific and the fame of California — are just a few of the features that we humans love. For many birds, hummingbirds in particular, it’s a vital region that stretches from the southern points of Mexico to the entirety of Alaska. […]

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Hummingbird

3 Tips (plus 1) for Placing Your Hummingbird Feeder

24 Apr , 2015  

Hummingbird Feeder Placement Tips

You’ve purchased one of Perky-PetⓇ ’s Hummingbird Feeders. You’ve mixed their sugary treat and you’re ready to open your very own “hummingbird cafeteria.” But there’s just one question lingering in your head –- one people are always asking the experts here at Perky-PetⓇ: “Where’s the best place for a hummingbird feeder?” Well, never fear. We have the answer to […]

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How to Attract Scores of Hummingbirds to Your Backyard

21 Apr , 2015  

A viral video making the rounds on social media shows how anyone can attract dozens of hummingbirds to their backyard, porch or patio this summer, and enjoy endless hours of entertainment. The video, shot in Northern California, uses an ingenious horizontal hummingbird feeder, the Hummerbar®, to overcome one of the biggest impediments to attracting these […]

Seasonal Bird Feeding

Indulge your orioles’ sweet tooth with special oriole feeders

16 Apr , 2015  

Male Baltimore Oriole

The flowers are in bloom and soon orioles will grace gardens across the northern states with their vibrant orange feathers. There are 5 main breeds of orioles in the United States: Baltimore and Orchard Orioles are found mostly in the North and Midwest; Bullock Orioles, found in the West; and the Scott’s and Hooded Orioles, […]

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Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Prothonotary Warbler

13 Apr , 2015  

Prothonotary Warbler song

As the Spring sun begins to warm woods and fields and backyards, it’s time to focus on a bird that brings music to our ears. The Prothonotary Warbler, or Golden Swamp Warbler, is a unique songbird of the New World warbler family. “Prothonotary” refers to an order of Catholic clerics who wore bright yellow hoods. […]

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Hummingbird

Hummingbird Safety: 5 things to do now to protect your hummingbirds

7 Apr , 2015  

Hummingbird Safety

Attracting hummingbirds to your yard with a Perky-Pet® hummingbird feeder is a wonderful experience. You’ll spend hours enjoying the sight of hummers as they dart around your yard and hover at your feeder for some tasty nectar. But by tempting the tiny creatures into your yard, it’s also important that you do what you can to protect them […]

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Wild Bird

Bird Migration: Birds of the Atlantic Flyway

30 Mar , 2015  

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Through the Fall and the Spring, many birds of North America set to wing in a twice a year ritual that sends them in search of food and breeding opportunities. In the Fall, they head South toward warmer climates with more food and less severe weather. In the Spring, it’s a northward journey to breeding grounds. […]

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Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: White-breasted Nuthatch

24 Mar , 2015  

White-Breasted Nuthatch diet

If you have a suet or box feeder in your backyard, then more than likely you recognize this distinctive gray, black and white bird. The White-breasted Nuthatch is common in North America and its nasally call can be heard all year long. These vocal birds can normally be spotted in monogamous pairs in wooded areas […]

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Bird Migration: Birds of the Mississippi Flyway

20 Mar , 2015  

Mississippi flyway bird migration route

With Spring slowly creeping northward, birds are also beginning their migrations to their summer ranges. For the average backyard bird-lover, that can mean a surge of new visitors to feeders. In the so-called Mississippi flyway, a bird migration pattern that goes through the middle of North America, birds tend to trace the path of the world-famous […]

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Wild Bird

Perky-Pet® teams with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for educational workshop

16 Mar , 2015  

Male American Kestrel

Perky-Pet® is joining with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a nationally renowned scientific research center and nature preserve dedicated to educating the public on birds of prey and the benefits they bring to the ecosystem, for a special educational opportunity for elementary and middle school teachers. On March 27, the organization, which is based in central Pennsylvania, is planning […]

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Seasonal Bird Feeding

Prepare your yard and your bird feeders for spring

10 Mar , 2015  

Nuthatch migration

Though many in the North are still struggling with winter’s lingering effects, some of us are starting to see the slow transformation of the winter landscape. Yes, little by little, spring is edging closer and closer. For people who love their bird feeders, it’s a good time to prepare for the birds migrating into our […]

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Badge of Honor: Perky-Pet® focuses on great bird photos

6 Mar , 2015  

Awesome bird photos

If you’re a fan of birds like the Wild Bird Journal Blog team is, then you probably spend a little bit of your free time wandering the internet checking out all the great bird photography that’s available. Since we spend so much time doing this, we figured we ought to make it official “Wild Bird […]

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Wild Bird

10 Things to Hate About Squirrels

27 Feb , 2015  

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Any avid bird enthusiast knows how annoying squirrels can be. They’re always milling about in your yard and helping themselves to whatever they see. There’s just something about their general presence that aggravates most birders. Sure, they’re cute and all, but we want to remind you just how frustrating they are. In fact, we decided […]

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Why birds stay up late: Night migration

24 Feb , 2015  

Birds at night

It can be an odd experience. You’re out late at night when suddenly you hear the calls and chirps of birds flying above you. Not just a few of them either, but its apparent that there’s a lot of birds overhead! What’s going on? Shouldn’t these birds be asleep — the “early bird” and all? Did […]

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