How To Bird Feed With Limited Space

Categories: Birdscaping, Wild Bird

566 2 How To Bird Feed With Limited SpaceIf you’re an avid bird feeder with limited space, never fear. You can still help out your favorite feathered friends even though you don’t have a huge backyard. Whether you just moved to a new home with less yard area, or you’ve been living in an apartment and wishing you could feed the birds that you rise and shine with, we’re here to help. With these tips, you can bird feed with limited space and still become the most popular place on the block for your bird friends!

Choose the right feeder and seed

If you have a small backyard, or even a balcony, a traditional small tube feeder is a great option for you. This feeder may hold smaller quantities of seed, but will take up less space. You may hang these feeders from a tree if you have the option, or a mounting pole if you don’t.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a small backyard or balcony – your birding career is not over! An excellent option for you would be window feeders. These feeders are small and are designed to suction cup right to your windows. Window feeders are especially great if you wish to attract hummingbirds. You can easily see your feathered friends up close this way too!

When it comes to seed, it would be best for to choose a seed that the majority of birds will like. This will allow you to attract a variety of birds and minimize the amount of space that multiple feeders would take up. Black-oil sunflower seed is very popular. We suggest filling your feeder with this so you are more likely to see a variety of birds (such as cardinals, nuthatches, and chickadees) at your feeder.

Offer your feathered friends a drink and a bath

Having a water supply may draw in different types of birds that may not come for a feeder. Including a birdbath in your collection will make you a popular spot for birds because they can get everything they need in one stop: shelter, food, water, and a bath. Since you are already trying to bird feed in a limited space, choosing a smaller birdbath is the best option. If a birdbath is not an option, incorporating a bowl filled with water is another alternative. Just wait for them to pass along the message to their friends and you’ll have many birds stopping by to enjoy! 

Be careful with your placement

If you have a small yard and you’re trying to attract wild birds, refrain from putting the feeder in an open area. The birds that wish to utilize your feeder want to have shelter, so try to hang the feeder from a tree so they feel secure while they feed. However keep in mind that hummingbirds actually prefer feeding in open spaces near shelter, so if you’re trying to attract hummingbirds you may want to put the feeder an in open area in your yard. 

Trying to bird feed in a limited space is especially tough when it comes to balconies, as placement options are very limited. However, it’s not impossible! Always consider the safety of the birds when choosing where to place your feeder on your balcony. Many balconies in apartment complexes keep their electrical wiring or air conditioning hidden behind a door on your balcony, so be careful to not place the feeder here, as they can be hazardous. It is best to not place the feeders in a high-traffic area as well. Never forget that your little friends are the priority and you want to help them feel safe!=

Don’t Lose Hope

 

Even if you have a small backyard, or if you only have a balcony, taking care of your bird friends is not impossible. With these tips you can continue to bird feed, or start bird feeding, with ease. Just keep in mind that your little friends are looking for three things: food, water, and shelter. If you can provide them that, you’re golden!

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From Coast to Coast, These Wild Birds Are Seen The Most

Categories: Wild Bird

American Cardinal From Coast to Coast, These Wild Birds Are Seen The MostAny avid birder can expect to see the same wild birds gracing the bird feeders in their yard on a regular basis. We couldn’t help but be inspired by our readers and fans that span the continental United States, North America, and quite frankly the entire globe. This inspiration led us to creating a list of commonly seen birds in every corner of the country, from sea to shining sea!

So we’re providing you, our birding friends, with a few birds that are commonly seen in each of the five regions of the United States: northeast, southeast, midwest, southwest, and west. It’s important to remember, that just because we’re noting these regional wild birds, doesn’t mean that their wings won’t carry them all across the continent and beyond. 

Northeastern United States

- Harlequin Ducks

- Black Scoter

- Goldfinch

- Baltimore Oriole

- Northern Flicker

All of these feathered friends love to frolic in the warmer and cooler temperatures associated with the good ‘ol Northeastern region of the US. Wild birds seen in this region, are typically seen year round. The color of their feathers are brilliant in the spring and summer and a bit muted, but still breathtaking, in the colder, winter months.

Perky-Pet® Recommended Bird Watching Location: Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania

Southeastern United States

- White Pelican

- Blue Heron

- Downy Woodpecker

- Anhinga

- Roseate Spoonbill

There are so many birds to see by the shores of the southeastern United States. With numerous species of herons and egrets, these wild birds will naturally blend in with the culture and overall feel of the carolinas and southeastern coast. The common habitat of these wild birds includes marshes, wetlands, and other similar types of vegetation.

Perky-Pet® Recommended Bird Watching Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Midwestern United States

- Bald Eagle

 - Warbler

North American Cardinal

- Virginia Rail

- Dickcissel

If you’re taking a trip to the midwest and would like to get a little bird watching in, then  prepare to see more than 20 species migrate through our Perky-Pet® Recommended Bird Watching Location.

Perky-Pet® Recommended Bird Watching Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Southwestern United States

- Costas Hummingbird

- Roadrunner

- Gambel’s Quail

- Black-Chinned Sparrow (winter)

- Scott’s Oriole (summer)

Some of these wild birds are early risers and welcome the dry, sunny weather that is most commonly associated with this region of the United States. The most common characteristic about wild birds seen in the southwest is there preference for eating various grasses, shrubs, and cactus fruits. If you’re bird feeding in this part of the country it’s even more imperative to offer a source of water.

Perky-Pet® Recommended Bird Watching Location: Saguaro National Park (East)

Western United States

- Horned Puffin

- Yellow-Billed Loon

- Emperor Goose

- Eiders

- Various Shorebirds

Soak in the sun, sand, and birds in the western part of the country. With some geographic locations experiencing longer days during certain parts of the year, this is a must-travel region for avid bird watchers. Over 1 million birds can be viewed in Alaska during their 24-hour days in the month of June.

Perky-Pet® Recommended Bird Watching Location: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

 

So we’re encouraging you to take the time, to look up and find the wild birds that are common in your neck of the woods. What birds are you seeing most often? What birds are one-time visitors?

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‘Tis The Season For Wild Bird Breeding

Categories: Seasonal Bird Feeding

Breeding season comes around each year; independent of the location, climate, and species,  mating occurs annually nationwide. Most wild birds only breed to procreate and expand their species rather than simply for the pleasure of the act. In fact, most male wild birds are sterile outside of the breeding season. 

So, do you know when breeding season occurs where you live? Do you know the signs of breeding and mating? Have any idea what important signs of breeding season are? Well, it’s our job to make sure that all of our bird loving friends, like you, are able to prepare, identify and enjoy all of the new feathered friends you will find at your feeder! 407075 10151328389082101 1763918167 n 200x300 ‘Tis The Season For Wild Bird Breeding

Signs of Breeding/Mating Season

- You can expect to see breeding season happening most often during the Spring season. This is when the snow is melting and/or rain is becoming more of a frequent occurrence, there is an increasing food supply, and a warmer temperatures ideal for chick’s maturation.

- Blooming flowers and plants start popping up in gardens and yards. These flowers not only make a bird-scaped yard more attractive, they may also be a source of food for some wild birds with a sweet tooth.

- During the Spring, be extra vigilant of the wild birds visiting your bird feeders.  Has their plumage changed to include bright feathers and appearance? Has the wild bird become more territorial of space and food? These are sure signs that mating and breeding season is right around the corner.

- Finally, perk up your ears. If you notice an increase in bird song, then breeding season is practically here! Most wild birds will sing in order to attract mates and make themselves more attractive.

Factors of Breeding Season

Breeding season has a variety of factors that change will results in when  you will begin to  notice nests and chicks in your yard. Some of the factors of breeding season include…

1. Wild Bird Species

The species of a wild bird has a large impact on their breeding behaviors. Some wild birds breed later than others, while some have to migrate greater distances, and others may product multiple broods. 

2. Geographic Location

Breeding ranges, or the geographic location for nesting, varies by species. It also depends on the migrating pattern that’s unique to each wild bird and species. Think about it – the father north a bird has to travel, the later their breeding season.

3. Food Supply

Birds will nest and breed close to easily accessible food supplies. They need to ensure that they can provide adequate nutrition to their newly hatched chicks to make sure that the chick’s maturation happens naturally.

4. Water

We mentioned the melting snow and increasing rain that comes along with springtime, but those environmental changes are necessary for breeding season. The more water that fertilizes plants and flowers, the quicker the flowers bloom, the more food is available for birds, the more likely they are to breed nearby. 

5. Maternal/Chick Care Period

The maturation stages of new chicks varies, but it certainly is a major factor in when breeding season begins. If the incubation and care period for a chick is longer, the earlier mating occurs.

6. Brood Numbers

The more broods (multiple chicks hatched at once) that hatch, the earlier breeding season takes place.  The more chicks there are for a mother bird to incubate and care for, the more time it takes for them to receive the attention they need for maturation.

7. Nesting Locations

Some wild birds use empty nests that have since been abandoned by other wild birds. These species may breed earlier or later in the season depending on when they are using the nest.

 

Overall, a breeding season usually only lasts a week or two at most.  The time after that, the mother bird is responsible for caring for her young and coaxing them through maturation so that they can become independent birds in time. To prepare for breeding season, and bird feeding season, make sure to offer bird feeders and bird houses as soon as possible. Store brush piles in your yard and take the necessary steps to safeguard mating birds from backyard predators.

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