Sunday, March 1

The K-Feeder Carousel Feeder Review


My wife and I were asked to try out the new K-Feeder® Carousel Wild Bird Feeder by the guys over at Perky-Pet. You can find more information  about this feeder and their other bird products over at www.birdfeeders.com.  It's an especially great website because they have a large selection of bird feeders in a wide range of styles and prices, and they also feature a "learning center" and a blog where you can learn more about bird species and bird feeding.


The K-Feeder® came in a large, durable corrugated cardboard package.  Because of the acrylic top, there is an extra layer of corrugated cardboard over the top to protect it and keep it from shifting inside the box during shipping.  We appreciated the styrofoam-free, 100% recyclable packaging.



 




To my surprise there was no assembly required.  I find things are much better built when they come directly from the factory that way, so this was very good to see.
A huge plus also is that it’s made in the U.S.A. by the Woodstream Corporation. Great to see that on side of the box.
As you pull this unit out of the box you can see a couple of things right away:  it’s well built, it’s attractive, and it’s HUGE!  The massive 16” acrylic squirrel resistant baffle takes up the entire top half of this feeder.   This should fend off even the most persistent squirrel!


 Underneath the baffle you’ll find 4 large separate seed compartments each with 2 bird feeding stations, for a total of 8 independent stations.  The durable polycarbonate components together can hold up to 5 lbs of seeds of your choice.  We were concerned that thistle might flow right through and make a mess, but even the tiny thistle seeds work properly.  The versatility is great...we can fill it with peanuts, thistle, and every size seed in between.  


 
                                                                       As you can tell in this shot, the 4 compartments are very large and can hold your backyard birds' favorite seeds.  Filling the K-Feeder® is a breeze with the large openings!  Here, clockwise from the left, you see shelled peanuts, niger thistle, safflower, and black oil sunflower seeds.  One nice thing about this feeder is that it can replace all your other feeders, with this nifty 4 in 1 design. This makes for a much nicer and less cluttered feeding area.







The large and easy to screw on cap makes it simple to remove the acrylic baffle for filling. Also the heavy duty metal ring is more than durable enough to handle the 5 lbs of weight of this large bird feeder when filled.  The big ring is also handy in the winter time when you're trying to handle this unit with mittens or gloves on, as you can easily remove the top with them on.  


In the field the K-Feeder® is very easy to install, with the option of mounting it on a pole that you supply, hanging it from a shepherd hook, or as you can see me here,  hanging it from a more natural place.  I love using old branches near my feeders.  Not only does it give the birds many options for perching, but also allows me to take much more natural photographs of them.   









American Goldfinch
It only took a few minutes after setting up the feeder and camera equipment before the first backyard resident showed up to the K-Feeder®. This is a good sign since normally when we set up a feeder it takes a few hours to a few days before birds are comfortable enough to start using it.




Black-capped Chickadee
Even a Starling gets into the action.




The UV treated polycarbonate base should stay nice and clear through hottest summers and the coldest winters of Wisconsin, for many years to come.












In summary, it is clear that the K-Feeder® is extremely well built and durable.  The baffle, feeder compartments, perches, and hanging ring are all thick, heavy duty materials that seem like they should hold up very well to all kinds of weather.  The clear design also makes it aesthetically pleasing and eminently practical, as it is easy to monitor the level and condition of the seed.





For more information about the K-Feeder® Carousel Wild Bird feeder, please visit Perky-Pet's web site at http://www.birdfeeders.com. You can also contact them at the toll-free number of 855-PERKYPET.  (In the interest of full disclosure, Perky-Pet gave us this feeder to test, but the review is entirely our own.)

Friday, February 27

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

Kenosha Wisconsin

The snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) is a large owl of the typical owl family Strigidae.
The snowy owl was one of the many bird species originally described by Linnaeus in the landmark 1758 10th edition of his Systema Naturae, where it was given the binomial name of Strix nyctea. Until recently, it was regarded as the sole member of a distinct genus, as Nyctea scandiaca, but mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data (Olsen et al. 2002) shows that it is very closely related to the horned owls in the genus Bubo. However, some authorities debate this classification, still preferring Nyctea.
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Thursday, February 26

Dark-eyed Junco

Kenosha Wisconsin

The dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) is the best-known species of the juncos, a genus of small grayish American sparrows. This bird is common across much of temperate North America and in summer ranges far into the Arctic. It is a very variable species, much like the related fox sparrow (Passerella iliaca), and its systematics are still not completely untangled.
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White-breasted Nuthatch

Kenosha Wisconsin

The white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) is a small songbird of the nuthatch family which breeds in old-growth woodland across much of temperate North America. It is a stocky bird, with a large head, short tail, powerful bill, and strong feet. The upperparts are pale blue-gray, and the face and underparts are white. It has a black cap and a chestnut lower belly. The nine subspecies differ mainly in the color of the body plumage.
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Thursday, February 19

Great Egret with Prey

Horicon Marsh Wisconsin

The great egret (Ardea alba) also known as common egret, large egret or (in the Old World) great white heron, is a large, widely distributed egret. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, in southern Europe it is rather localized. In North America it is more widely distributed, and it is ubiquitous across the Sun Belt of the United States and in the Neotropics. The Old World population is often referred to as the great white egret. This species is sometimes confused with the great white heron of the Caribbean, which is a white morph of the closely related great blue heron (A. herodias).
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Tuesday, February 17

Downy Woodpecker

Kenosha Wisconsin

Adult downy woodpeckers are the smallest of North America's woodpeckers but there are many smaller species elsewhere, especially the piculets. The total length of the species ranges from 14 to 18 cm (5.5 to 7.1 in) and the wingspan from 25 to 31 cm (9.8 to 12.2 in).
The downy woodpecker is virtually identical in plumage pattern to the much larger hairy woodpecker, but it can be distinguished from the hairy by the presence of black spots on its white tail feathers and the length of its bill. The downy woodpecker's bill is shorter than its head, whereas the hairy woodpecker's bill is approximately equal to head length.
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Sunday, February 15

American Goldfinch

Caledonia Wisconsin

The American goldfinch (Spinus tristis), also known as the eastern goldfinch, is a small North American bird in the finch family. It is migratory, ranging from mid-Alberta to North Carolina during the breeding season, and from just south of the Canadian border to Mexico during the winter.
The only finch in its subfamily to undergo a complete molt, the American goldfinch displays sexual dimorphism in its coloration; the male is a vibrant yellow in the summer and an olive color during the winter, while the female is a dull yellow-brown shade which brightens only slightly during the summer. The male displays brightly colored plumage during the breeding season to attract a mate.
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Saturday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Valentine's Day, also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them.
St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies.
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