Backyard Battles

Wild Bird Predator Guide: Protect Birds in Your Yard

28 Aug , 2015  

Feral cats

Every bird that stops by your bird feeders must remain vigilant during its visit. In fact, your feathered visitors check their surroundings for predators and prefer to feed at feeder with a wide viewing area. Even though birds have a keen sight, predators can be hiding close by, waiting to ambush. It’s an unfortunate truth, but the backyard […]

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Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Red-tailed Hawk

25 Aug , 2015  

Red-tailed Hawk

Even though it is rarely found in backyards or residential areas, the Red-tailed Hawk still makes its presence known as one of the most commonly spotted hawks in North America. You can usually see them comfortably resting atop telephone poles and other high perches as they survey the land below for their next meal. Another […]

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Backyard Battles

The Birds and the Bees: Battling Bugs at Hummingbird Feeders

18 Aug , 2015  

Bees at hummingbird feeders

We’re pretty sure you already know all about the birds and the bees – at least in the form of “the talk” parents have with their kids as they reach that certain age. What you may be less familiar with is the lesson about how birds – hummingbirds, in particular –have to deal with bees, […]

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Backyard Battles

All About Squirrel Nests

17 Aug , 2015  

Squirrel prepares to build nest

Squirrels are always entertaining guests in your yard. They bound around and look cute thanks to their fuzzy tails and adorable little button eyes. They’re amazing acrobats and climbers. They’re also highly intelligent — they can learn, solve problems and even be trained to feed straight out of our hands. But what do we really […]

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Photographer's Spotlight

Photographer’s Spotlight:
Laura Bentley and the spirit of nature

7 Aug , 2015  

Laura Bentley bird photography

Laura Bentley was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, and then moved across the country to Alberta. She now has four children, aged 9 to 15 years. Laura’s interest in photography began shortly after she was diagnosed with severe chronic pain disorder (fibromyalgia) and severe migraine disorder. We asked Laura about how her disability led to […]

Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Black-capped Chickadee

4 Aug , 2015  

Black-capped Chickadee facts

Even if you’re not an avid bird watcher, chances are you are able to identify this round, friendly and petite wild bird as the Black-capped Chickadee. These birds frequent backyard feeders and can be found year round, establishing nests in bird boxes or deciduous and mixed forests throughout North America. Their energetic and bouncy flight […]

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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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Wild Bird

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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Product Spotlight

‘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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Wild Bird

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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Wild Bird

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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Hummingbird

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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