Wild Bird

Exotic Birds at Your Feeder: What to Feed These Unusual Visitors

21 Sep , 2016  

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Have you spotted a flock of parakeets in your city park? Or maybe you’ve noticed a parrot flit through your yard? You’re not just imagining it! Parakeets, parrots and other exotic birds have lately been popping up in areas where they were previously only living as pets. With booming populations of these colorful birds in […]

Seasonal Bird Feeding

Fall Bird Feeding Tips

12 Sep , 2016  

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With summer temperatures slowly subsiding and crisp, cool afternoons returning, you may notice a change in how often your bird feeders are being used. For nearly all of the country, activity at your hummingbird feeders has ended. Don’t worry, those little beauties will certainly return in the spring. Use this time to clean your feeders […]

Wild Bird

Rub-A-Dub-Dub: How Do Birds Bathe?

11 Aug , 2016  

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Never underestimate a good bath – even for birds. If you feed your backyard birds, you’ve probably seen them stop for a bath a time or two, even if you don’t have a traditional birdbath. Watching birds socialize and take their turns at the bath can be an entertaining sight, but have you ever wondered […]

Product Spotlight

Product Spotlight: Hummerbar®

27 Jul , 2016  

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The Hummerbar® is one of the more recent additions to the Perky-Pet® family of products, but it’s already revolutionizing the way people feed hummingbirds. History of the Hummerbar This unique feeder was invented by a father and son team, Greg and Steven, who were faced with a problem many hummingbird lovers experience: too much competition […]

Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Rufous Hummingbird

14 Jul , 2016  

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If you’ve ever spotted hummingbirds in your backyard, it is likely that you’ve seen at least one Rufous Hummingbird, especially if you live on the west coast. These birds are well known for their iridescent, fiery plumage, specifically on the males of the species. They are among the most prominent and easily recognizable species in […]

Wild Bird

Bird Lovers Rejoice – Our Latest eBook is Here!

29 Jun , 2016  

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Here at Perky-Pet® we are dedicated to providing bird lovers with the resources and information they need to have a fulfilling and successful bird-feeding experience. Our latest eBook is an all-inclusive guide for avid birders looking to attract songbirds to their backyard. By heading over to our convenient guide, you can learn how to prepare […]

Classroom and Schoolyard Bird Feeding

Ways to Inspire Young Citizen Scientists

15 Jun , 2016  

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Bird Feeders for Education is part of an initiative with the Cornell Lab to get children more involved with bird watching at an early age. As one of the most popular hobbies in the US, bird feeding is a favorite pastime that can be shared by all. Here’s a hands-on, interactive exercise that will encourage […]

Wild Bird

A Place for Bird Lovers to Perch: Find the Perfect Feeders, Bird Food & Accessories on our New Website

16 May , 2016  

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Just as birds of all varieties flock to Perky-Pet® feeders, visitors to our website make up a melting pot of folks from all backgrounds. Some are looking to attract birds to their gardens. Others own bookshelves stacked with texts on ornithology. Some just think our Mason jar bird feeders make cute decorating accessories (which they […]

Product Spotlight

Perky-Pet Vintage Glass Bottle Bird Feeders & Bird Waterer

13 May , 2016  

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They Call and We Follow. As bird lovers, we take our cues from nature. Birds speak to us with their bold color palettes and soothing sounds – but let’s not forget their great design inspiration! Our new line of vintage-inspired glass bottle bird feeders and bird waterer takes us back to a simpler time, when […]

Wild Bird

How to Attract Orioles this Spring

20 Apr , 2016  

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With their signature black and orange or yellow coloring and beautiful songs, orioles are a favorite among backyard birds. However, orioles are also known to be somewhat elusive due to their very particular habits. To help you out, we’ve gathered a list of tips to help you attract the orioles in your region this spring. […]

Classroom and Schoolyard Bird Feeding

Want to Start a Birding Club?

19 Apr , 2016  

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7 Tips to Plant the (Bird) Seed in Your School Perhaps the subject of envy for every science teacher, the 1990’s “Magic School Bus” character Ms. Frizzle could convert apathetic students into science fanatics with her spectacular school bus excursions through Paleolithic worlds, human blood streams and outer space dimensions. Ms. Frizzle is pretty hard […]

Hummingbird

Are Hummingbirds Really Attracted to Red?

17 Apr , 2016  

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It is a popular notion that specific colors can attract birds. But you may be wondering if hummingbirds really are attracted to red. There isn’t a clear answer to this question. While there is no doubt amongst bird enthusiasts that hummingbirds seem to be drawn to bright colors, there isn’t a conclusive reason as to […]

Classroom and Schoolyard Bird Feeding

The Life of a Bird Lover: 5 Stages to Becoming a Citizen Scientist

24 Mar , 2016  

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For every expert, legend and leader, there’s one spark that started it all. It could have been an inspiring teacher, a monumental failure or an irresistible curiosity. At Perky-Pet®, we’re excited about setting the stage for that magic moment when curiosity turns into life-long passion. Our Bird Feeders for Education program helps support kids who […]

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2016 Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Migration

15 Mar , 2016  

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By now, hummingbird migration is in full swing. To the delight of hummingbird enthusiasts everywhere, Ruby-throated hummingbirds have already been spotted at feeders in many gulf coast cities! The 2016 Ruby-throated hummingbird migration seems to have kicked off about a week or so earlier than 2015’s journey. If you live along their migration route, you […]

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2016 Rufous Hummingbird Migration

14 Mar , 2016  

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Rufous Hummingbirds have the longest migration route of any other migratory hummingbird species. By now, their journey north is already underway, and many people have started spotting these feisty little hummingbirds at their hummingbird feeders all over the western U.S.! Known for their tenacity in tirelessly defending their stake at feeders and flowers, these small […]

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Using Plants to Attract Backyard Birds to Your Garden

14 Mar , 2016  

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If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may have noticed that certain birds seem to prefer certain plants to others. This is because every bird has different needs when it comes to food, nesting and protection. Do you want to attract specific birds to your yard so you can enjoy their colors, songs and entertaining […]

Product Spotlight

Product Spotlight: K-Feeders®

19 Feb , 2016  

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These classic wild bird feeders by K-Feeders® offer the nostalgic style people have loved for years, with innovations in design and durability. History of K-Feeders Established in 1975, the K-Feeders brand was among one of the first companies to manufacture wild bird feeders. Known for their slogan, “Where Nature and Quality Meet,” the small company […]

Species Spotlight, Wild Bird

Attract Cardinals to Your Yard: 7 Tips and 3 Things To Avoid

18 Feb , 2016  

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Northern Cardinals are probably the most desired of all backyard-visiting birds. With their vibrant plumage and beautiful songs, it’s no wonder people want to attract Cardinals to their yards. Luckily for bird lovers, Cardinals are not particularly hard to please. With a few simple alterations to your backyard and birdfeeder set up, your yard could […]

Classroom and Schoolyard Bird Feeding

Why Teachers are Happy as a Lark: Field Notes from our Bird Education Program

5 Feb , 2016  

Birds of a feather flock together. Sure, it might be an old idiom, but after teaming up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, we found it to hold a lot of truth. It’s pretty simple. Perky-Pet® and our partners at Cornell want the world to know why birds matter and how we all can help […]

Backyard Battles

What to Feed Squirrels

11 Jan , 2016  

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Looking to keep a squirrel away from your bird feeders? Aside from investing in squirrel-proof bird feeders, one of the simplest options is to have a feeder specifically dedicated to squirrels! This quick guide aims to answer the most common questions about feeding squirrels, including making sure they are eating the proper food according to their […]

Wild Bird

Where Do Winter Birds Go at Night?

5 Jan , 2016  

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On cold, winter nights when the wind is howling, it’s understandable to worry about how your wild birds are surviving the night. Don’t worry though. Between their anatomy and their instincts, they have a number of methods for staying warm. Read on to find out some of their tactics for staying safe and warm through […]

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Bird Conservation: Making Science and Bird Education Count

23 Dec , 2015  

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Perky-Pet® has created another visual guide for bird lovers, “Bird Conservation Through Education.” This guide explains how you can help fuel a young person’s interest in science, which ultimately helps the birds that you love. In an effort to help parents, grandparents and educators steer children down a pro-science path, we looked at a variety […]

Backyard Battles

Beyond Squirrels: Chipmunks and
4 Other Bird Feeder Bandits

16 Dec , 2015  

Chipmunks are common visitors to bird feeders.

Here at Perky-Pet® we spend a lot of time building bird feeders that stop squirrels from swiping the food you put out for birds. While squirrels are the biggest culprit for stealing bird food, there are plenty of other critters that are happy to partake in the tasty treats you’re offering. That’s why we came […]

Wild Bird

Christmas Bird Count: All Your Questions Answered

10 Dec , 2015  

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If you are looking for a change of pace this holiday season, then the Christmas Bird Count is it! This Citizen Science opportunity lets bird lovers contribute to research that helps ornithologists. What’s your part in the Christmas Bird Count? Walking around, looking and listening for birds and writing it all down. When does it […]