The hummingbird is a bird of wonder, weighing less than an ounce and possessing a territorial nature with the ability to chase larger birds, like hawks, away from their domain. But these colorful and ethereal birds are in trouble.
Hummingbirds and hundreds of other species of birds are becoming increasingly threatened due to environmental and weather conditions affecting migration. Climate change is becoming a more immediate problem than ever before, producing a shift in weather patterns and temperatures.
A seven-year study published by the National Audubon Society warns of the rising threat of climate change affecting bird migration factors. The study reports a significant northern shift of migratory patterns of 588 different species of North American birds due to climate change.
HOW DO MIGRATION CHANGES HURT HUMMINGBIRDS?
Hummingbirds, specifically the Allen’s hummingbird and the Rufous hummingbird, and various other birds, may be classified as endangered, or threatened, due to loss of habitat and food. Because they are migrating further north, their opportunities to find food and other mating birds, are being decreased.
Historically, these environmental shifts affecting bird migration factors took tens of thousands of years, but similar results can be seen in the next century, according to David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society, in an interview with NPR.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP HUMMINGBIRDS?
Hummingbirds — all birds, in fact — can benefit from your direct action. Here are a few ideas on what you can do:
- >> PROVIDE FOOD: Continue feeding and growing flowers that attract your regular hummingbirds. Keep feeders clean to promote bird health.
- >> GET THE WORD OUT: Increase conservation efforts in your community to safeguard critical habitat.
- >> LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS: Work to curb greenhouse gas emissions by informing others and contacting local decision makers and politicians, as advised by the National Audubon Society.
- >> PRESERVE COASTAL HABITATS: This is crucial for sustained bird migration factors. Many birds travel across the Gulf of Mexico during hurricane season. These birds can make the 600-mile trip all at once if necessary, but if they fight unfavorable winds with no stopover areas or areas with little food supplies, they are might not survive. We can ensure that these birds survive migration by making certain that there are enough birds populating the area and plenty of bountiful land to feed, bathe, and mate.
Hummingbirds and other migratory birds do not have to suffer from climate change affecting environmental conditions. We have the power to defy these effects.
What have you done in your community to preserve bird migration factors? Tell us in the comments!
In addition to adding a feeder to your backyard, a second way to attract hummingbirds to your backyard is as simple as planting flowers. Hummingbirds are attracted to flowers such as Bee Balm, Delphinium, and even Coralbells. Finally, a third way to attract hummingbirds is by adding trees and shrubs as a place for them to nest. These trees and shrubs will offer hummingbirds shelter that is not only safe for them, but also close to a source of nectar from your feeder! Check out our landscaping tips page to learn more about what types of flowers humming birds are attracted to and what trees and shrubbery will be best in your yard!
Setting up hummingbird feeders in your backyard is a great way to attract various hummingbirds, as well as adding beauty to your backyard scenery. When choosing a hummingbird feeder, there are various styles to pick from and it’s important that you select a feeder that not only works best for your type of yard, but also one that compliments your personal style and preferences. Here are a few suggestions to help you select a feeder that is most suitable for your backyard!
Dish Style Feeder
Perky-Pet® Oasis Hummingbird Feeder – This hummingbird feeder is the perfect choice for watching and feeding hummingbirds! With its 16-oz. dish-style feeder and six feeding ports, the Oasis feeder allows for easy filling and cleaning and is the perfect addition to your backyard.
Perky-Pet® Aster Patented Top-Fill, Push-Pull Hummingbird Feeder with Free Cleaning Mop – The Perky-Pet® Aster Top Fill Hummingbird Feeder features our new Push-Pull technology for effortless refilling – just push, pour, then pull-and-lock! It includes an easy to fill wide mouth top and an advanced "sports bottle" like function to facilitate replenishing the nectar. The four feeding ports appear as yellow aster flowers, creating a sweet, inviting look.
Perky-Pet® Grand Master Hummingbird Feeder – Are you looking for a hummingbird feeder that allows you to spend more time enjoying the birds and less time refilling it? If so, then the Grand Master Hummingbird Feeder is the one for you! With a 48-oz. nectar capacity, this feeder features six feeding ports, with a wide-mouth top, allowing for quick, easy cleaning and filling.
Avant® Garden Fairy Dust Hummingbird Feeder – This feeder is perfect for both attracting and feeding hummingbirds. As part of the Whimsical Collection in our Lifestyle Collection series, the fairy sits amidst the three red nectar containers, “talking” to the tiny birds as they feed. With a 4.8-oz. nectar capacity, this feeder is perfect for fairy-lovers and hummingbird-lovers alike!
No matter what type of hummingbird feeder you’re looking for, Perky-Pet® is sure to have one that fits your style! Still not sure which style is best for you? Check out our website to see more hummingbird styles and learn about hummingbirds. We have a wonderful guide that will help you choose the best hummingbird feeder for you!
We’re all-familiar with the 12 Days of Christmas song and have grown up singing it around the holidays. But, what if there were 12 Days of Bird Feeders! We would be one happy group of birders! In honor of the holidays we are highlighting our top 12 feeders and can’t wait to celebrate the 12 Days of Bird Feeders!
Perky-Pet® Squirrel-Be-Gone™ III Feeder – This feeder is best used for keeping squirrels from thieving the birdseed! Using anti-squirrel technology, the ports of this squirrel proof feeder close under a squirrel’s weight, preventing them from raiding the seed supply!
Perky-Pet® Garden Sip & Seed Bird Waterer – A water source in your backyard is a simple and effective way of attracting wild birds. Water attracts species that you may not see at your seed feeder.
Perky-Pet® Copper Triple Tube Bird Feeder – With 3 individual feeding tubes and 12 patented 2 in 1 flip feeding ports that adjust to serve mixed, black oil sunflower or thistle seed, this copper colored tube bird feeder is beautiful, versatile, and durable. The feeder comes complete with a squirrel resistant baffle.
Let your imagination fly and design your very own Top Fill Hummingbird Feeder! Select the flowers, base, and bottle design of your choice. Save your design, share with friends, or purchase your creation and it will be delivered to your front door!
Birdscapes® Window Feeder – Bird watching is so easy and fun with this crystal clear window bird feeder. Simply attach to any window and watch the birds from the comfort of your chair!
Avant® Garden Marque Wild Bird Feeder – This classic ship’s lantern design will enhance any backyard, deck or patio while it attracts flocks of birds to the seed.
Birdscapes® Upside Down® Goldfinch Feeder – Goldfinches can feed upside down though other birds cannot, making this feeder perfect for making sure the goldfinches get their food undisturbed.
Perky-Pet® Window Mount Feeder – Attached to your window, this hummingbird feeder will provide hours of enjoyment from a cozy chair inside your home!
Perky-Pet® Antique Hummingbird Feeder Set – Hummingbirds and hummingbird enthusiasts will be attracted to this classic antique glass bottle design. Comes with all you need to feed the birds and keep your feeder clean!
Perky-Pet® Hummingbird Oasis Feeder – One of our versatile hummingbird feeders, it can be hung or pole mounted. Contains six feeding ports and an ant moat.
Perky-Pet® Double Decker Top Fill Hummingbird Feeder – This charming 26 oz. hummingbird feeder is so easy to fill with its Top Fill technology, pleasing you and the birds.
Avant® Garden Fairy Dust Hummingbird Feeder – The beautiful fairy sits amid the red nectar containers in this stunning hummingbird feeder so she can “talk” to the tiny birds as they feed.
Make your holiday merrier with these 12 feeders! They make perfect gifts for a loved one, or for yourself! Do you already own one of these feeders? Leave us a review so shoppers can use your thoughts to help their buying decision! Visit www.perkypet.com to leave a review or shop now!
Warmer temperatures, budding flowers, wearing flip-flops. They’re all signs of spring’s arrival, but hearing birds chirping is one of my favorite indications of a new season unfolding. To help mark spring’s arrival, here are a few birds to keep an eye or an ear out for!
The Eastern Bluebird will appear in gardens and orchards slightly before or at the arrival of spring. These creatures are about 6 and a half inches long and can be attracted using dried fruit, chopped peanuts, or live mealworms. They enjoy being in meadows or fields surrounded by trees for adequate nesting.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is also a good sign spring is present, especially if you live in the northern United States. Adult males sport emerald green plumage on their backs with ruby red on their throats. They begin arriving to their spring and summer destinations in late March until mid May, as they follow flowers blooming northward. Because they are quite curious and inquisitive birds, they are easily drawn to bird feeders.
Canada and Wilson Warblers make their appearance between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, with Yellow-rumped Warblers completing their migration a bit earlier. The latter is a sizable bird with a large head and a long, narrow tail. Varieties of Warblers include colorful plumage consisting of yellow, red, blue, black, gray, brown or orange!
The medium-sized songbird known as the Baltimore Oriole lives and breeds in open woodland areas or heavily wooded urban areas. With a length of 6.5-7 inches, the Baltimore Oriole can be attracted to your backyard feeders using oranges, nectars, or peanut butter.
All of the birds mentioned above make their presence known in the spring, but to ensure that you have a great backyard bird watching experience hang a variety of feeders to attract all types. Hanging feeders to accommodate seed-eating birds, hummingbirds, and orioles will bring an assortment of feathered friends to your yard.