Last year, we began receiving numerous requests for an in-store video that further explains and showcases our products and their many benefits. We have, since, constructed an informative and enjoyable video, and are eager to share it with you!

This video explains how best to integrate Pacific Bird products into your birding buffet and provides some background information on our company. Our hope is that this video will help show others the many joys that insect-based wild bird feeding and Pacific Bird products can bring. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you much color and song this season.

Happy birding!

Danielle & Michelle



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Beak of the Week: Saqr Falcon (Saker Falcon)

The Falcon, a symbol of force and courage, is the national bird of the UAE.

Portrait of a Saker Falcon

Common Name: Saker Falcon or Saqr Falcon

Latin Name: Falco cherrug

Range:  Very large Distribution. Found from Eastern Europe to China, India, the Mediterranean, Middle East and areas of Africa.

Habitat: Arid, open plains

Diet: Mostly small mammals and birds, though, this highly aggressive bird is known to attack prey larger than itself.

Conservation Status: Endangered


A Brief History of Falconry in the UAE…

Originally, falconry was used to acquire food in the arid climate of this region. Birds of prey were captured and trained in early autumn then released promptly after hunting season. Sheiks would also use hunting trips as social opportunities to explore their respective territories and learn about current happenings. However, today, the age-old sport is a very expensive, highly popular, regulated practice in the UAE. It is represented in several ways throughout the culture: images of Falconry can be found on currency; falconry clubs are social hotspots; and, there are healthcare facilities particularly for falcons. Currently, programs are being setup and refined to preserve the success of the sport.  To learn more, click here.

Happy Birding!

Danielle + Michelle

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BOTW: Andean Cock-of-the-rock

Happy “birdie thirty” to one of the best brother-in-laws in the world!

Happy birthday, Eric!

As you enter your third decade on this earth, we thought nothing more appropriate than celebrating an AMAZING PERSON with this SPECTACULAR BIRD!  We know how much you enjoyed your visit to Machu Picchu, so we thought the Peruvian national bird, the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, would be a great choice!

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Rupicola peruvianus (photo from 

Common Name: Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

Latin Name: Rupicola peruvianus

Range:  Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia

Habitat: Cloud forests of the Andes

Diet: Mainly fruit and insects.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Hey, E, we’d like to know if your birthday dance moves can compete with those of the Cocks-of the-Rock at the lek? Not sure? Keep reading and take a look!

The male Cocks-of-the-Rock partake in a very elaborate display ritual intended to show off their magnificent plumage. These displays take place in communal leks, where males congregate to challenge rivals and beckon the females.

At the lek, male Cocks-of-the-Rock have been observed to break up into pairs, performing “confrontation displays.”  Think of this as the ultimate dance off. Here’s the scenario: two males facing one another while bowing, jumping, snapping their bills, flapping their wings, squawking, and grunting.  Don’t believe us? Check out the video below!

Thanks to the ibirdcollection, we can share with you the Cock-of-the-Rock Lek! video…

Happy Birthday and Happy birding,

Michelle and Danielle


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Beak of the Week: Lincoln’s Sparrow

We are all familiar with the “brown birds.” You know, the seemingly boring ones that may appear slightly different from one another, but are all classified simply as: Sparrows. Well, as lovers of color and art, we completely understand the lack of enthusiasm that some might feel toward these comparatively less stunning creatures. However, with a little more insight, these little brown birds, or “LBB” as some like to call them, become that much more fascinating. Not to mention, distinguishing one from another really tests your eye!

The Lincoln’s Sparrow is an example of an “LBB” that is beautiful in its own right if you pause to appreciate its unique characteristics and song…

The Lincoln’s Sparrow is a member of the genus Melospiza, which is renowned for its singing ability. In fact, Audubon once said “we found more wildness about this species than any other inhabiting the same country” referring to the Labrador expedition on which the Lincoln’s sparrow was discovered. (

Common Name: Lincoln’s Sparrow

Latin Name: Melospiza lincolnii

Range:  Summers throughout Canada. Winters in the Southern United States and Central America. Migrates through the majority of the US.

Diet: Mostly insects during the summer. During the winter, they eat small seeds and invertebrates.

Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Thanks to a YouTube video by , we can listen to the delightful voice of the Lincoln’s Sparrow in Greensboro, Vermont.

Happy Birding!

Danielle + Michelle




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Hatched: The Global Birding Initiative

For those of you who know us, you know that fewer than five minutes will pass before we begin talking birds.  And, shortly thereafter, you’ll come to understand how passionate we are about encouraging people to get outside and connect with nature. We believe that our interest in the environment and in conservation stems directly from our repeated childhood exposure to nature and wildlife.  As two girls who grew up on a farm, it is fair to say that our love for nature was simply ingrained in us from day one. More than ever, we see that children are experiencing fewer interactions with nature and enjoying less time spent outdoors. This makes us sad because, among the greatest gifts our parents ever gave us, was exposure to the natural world.

Michelle (left) and Danielle (right) spending time with some of the alpaca crias (babies) on the farm.

Through our involvement with phenomenal groups, like Flying Wild and the Wild Bird Feeding Industry Research Foundation, we have seen, firsthand, how powerful education can be if it is made accessible and accompanied by mentorship. I invite you to read a story I recently posted on the Global Birding Initiative Blog.  It is a short tale about five vastly different birders who founded a friendship, a later developed an organization, based on a common goal: to creatively inspire global interest in birds and birding, so as to positively impact conservation and people’s lifestyles. This meeting occurred almost exactly one year ago, and it truly amazes me just how far we’ve come…

In August 2011, a group of diverse birders from around the globe fortuitously connected at Bird Fair in Rutland, England. With roots in five different continents and diverse birding interests, these birders were geographically and demographically a very unlikely match. Apparently, that didn’t matter one bit!  You see, as it turns out, birders from all walks of life can easily connect on one fundamental level: their love and appreciation for birds.

Birdfair 2012 starts in just a couple of days. We’re so sad we couldn’t make it this year.

Enjoying brews and bird banter at a local pub one evening, this bunch quickly discovered their shared desire to promote bird awareness, appreciation and conservation ethic.  If you’re thinking ‘these goals are not uncommonly shared goals by those who typically bird,’ you are absolutely right!   In fact, this particular group of birders was probably in the presence of, at least, 25,000 others in Rutland who felt quite similarly.

Rutland, England – August, 2011

Though, it went further than this.  This group shared a vision. Together, they imagined what the world would look like if birders from all across the birding spectrum united and worked together toward the greater good.  Just as birds have no boundaries, they envisioned a dynamic and cohesive global birding community that spanned all continents. In their minds, this new global birding culture would revolve around a collective desire to fledge new generations of birders and conservationist minded citizens.

They each recalled their first birding experiences and expressed how those moments have definitively and positively affected their lives.  They agreed that exposure to birds and nature is key to developing sensitivity for wildlife. And they hoped that more people could experience the joy and thrill of birding.  In fact, every one of them considered their commitment to environmental responsibility a direct result of having been a birder.   Their dream of future generations that are more environmentally conscious and responsible seemed achievable with the development and support of a unified, engaged and active global birding community.

The next day, they could not help but feel as though they were on to something.  They resolved to continue the conversation once they returned home.  A few months later, still inspired by the zeal felt that evening back in Rutland, they knew they had to take steps, if only baby ones, in order to bring this vision to life.  The group, then, excitedly agreed to reach out to a couple of others soon jumped on board.  By the start of the New Year, the synergy experienced months before only enhanced. The ingredients were there: passion, determination, and just enough unreasonableness to make all of this happen.

The group began to dialogue about how to creatively inspire global interest in birds and birding, so as to positively impact conservation and people’s lifestyles. With a dream of what the future of birding could be, and the hope that birders worldwide are as fervently committed to generating interest in birds, birding and by extension the natural world, The Global Birding Initiative (GBI) was hatched.

Pledge to Fledge

Through its flagship program, “Pledge to Fledge,” a grassroots birding outreach movement, GBI mobilizes birders throughout the world to share their appreciation for birds with others.  GBI’s inaugural “Pledge to Fledge” Campaign is set to take flight on August 24th – 26th, 2012.

To learn more about events going on near you, please join us on Facebook and on Twitter!

Happy Fledging!!!

Danielle + Michelle

Pledge to Fledge today!





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Michelle and I were recently on BirdCallsRadio discussing the Pledge to Fledge initiative with our fellow Co-founder and friend, Dave Magpiong, and hosts Mardi Dickinson and Chris Bosak.

To learn more about P2F, take a listen to the show!

A special thanks to Mardi, Chris and for their part in making Pledge to Fledge a tremendous success!

Happy Fledging!


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Beak of the Week: Blue Tit

One thing to know about me: I love most things British! Millenary trends, English gardens, etiquette, and of course, birds, to name a few. This weekend I flew to Washington D.C. to indulge in what is, perhaps, my favorite traditional British activity—high tea—while hosting a Bridal Shower honoring my dear, gorgeous, soon-to-be bride and best friend Ashley.

Ashley’s Bridal Shower!
High Tea with the girls…
OBSESSED with this cupcakes – yum!

As I began to think about this week’s special bird the choice was obvious: the Blue Tit.


Delicate, petite and wearing shades of periwinkle blue and Meyer lemon yellow, this beauty is not one to miss if you are in the U.K., especially since it is fairly common!

Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus

Common Name: Blue Tit

Latin Name: Cyanistes caeruleus

Range:   Britain, except some regions in Scotland. Iberia and North Africa to Scandinavia, Russia, Turkey and Iran.

Habitat: Common in woodland, hedgerows, parks. and gardens.

Diet: Insects, seeds, and nuts.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

I would LOVE to see this stunner at my feeder!

I came across this poem by Francis Duggan online and thought I’d share.  It never ceases to amaze me how early childhood birding memories often become among the most memorable and impressionable moments in one’s lifetime…

The Blue Tit’s Nest

Some childhood memories with us seem to linger
And I recall when I was nine or so
Of seeing blue tit fly from hole in standing tree stump
One April day more than forty years ago.

I stood on tip toes and tried to look inside the tree stump
But all seemed dark in there I needed light
I hurried back home for to fetch a flash lamp
And what I saw a memorable sight.

A little nest of moss and hay and lined with feathers
And nine pale eggs with freckles brown to red
Laid by the little bird with yellow unders
Blue wings and tail and tiny blue cap on head.

I marvelled at this wondrous sight of Nature
How one small bird so many eggs could lay
The memory all those years has remained with me
And I still can picture what I see today.

I still can picture forty five years later
Nine speckled eggs in nest of moss and hay
Some things from childhood always remain with us
And from the memory never fade away.

Poem by Francis Duggan

Here’s to the Bride and Groom! (Oh, and, of course, happy birding!)


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Beak of the Week: Keel-billed Toucan

The uniquely beautiful and splendid qualities of birds never seize to amaze me! When I look at the Keel-billed Toucan, and compare it to, well, almost any other bird, I am endlessly boggled and surprised by how amazing the avian world is in its diversity. The unique silhouette of the largest Mexican Toucan, coupled with its radiant and striking plumage makes this quirky bird a true stand out…

Keel-billed Toucan, Ramphastos sulfuratus

Common Name: Keel-billed Toucan; Rainbow-billed Toucan; Sulfur-breasted Toucan

Latin Name: Ramphastos sulfuratus

Range: Southern Mexico to northern Columbia.

Habitat: Tropical and subtropical rainforests; lowland forests.

Diet: Mainly fruit, but also insects, eggs, and small reptiles.

Conservation Status: Threatened due to deforestation

Keel Billed Toucan, from Central America.

“Tou” Toucan facts!

  • The Keel-billed Toucan is the national bird of Belize
  • Toucans have a loud frog like call that can be heard up to half a mile away in the rainforest.

Happy Birding!


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Beak of the Week: Wood Duck

Arguably one of the most beautiful birds of North America, the Wood Duck is certainly a treat to see and easy to identify (at least the males in full plumage)!

In my opinion, there are few sights more spectacular than the Wood Duck. To learn more about Wood Ducks and the Wood Duck Society, please click visit

With it’s magnificent, colorful feathers, unique silhouette, and striking red eye, you won’t want to miss this beautiful waterfowl.

A Wood Duck, Aix sponsa

Common Name: Wood Duck

Latin Name: Aix sponsa

Range: Distinctively North American species, found in southern Canada to the eastern, southern, and western coasts of the United States.

Habitat: Swamps, forested wetlands, freshwater marshes and ponds.

Wood Ducks, by Richard Clifton, top prize, 2012 Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest (courtesy DEEP). The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has released the winning entries in the inaugural Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest. Money from the duck stamp sales will benefit wildlife conservation. This year’s painting of three wood ducks was submitted by wildlife artist Richard Clifton, who has also won the federal duck stamp art contest.

Diet: Mostly seeds and fruits. Occasionally insects and other arthropods.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Although 30-75 percent of wood ducks are permanent residents, migratory wood ducks use the Atlantic Flyway and Pacific Flyway—be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those migrants!

Happy Birding!!

Michelle + Danielle

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Beak of the Week: Canada Goose

There is nothing like observing birds in the springtime—in addition to some of the brightest plumage of the year, it is also time for fledglings!

A Canada Goose Chick
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Hmmmmm…

This weekend, my whole family went birding at the Sepulveda Basin. And, although we saw some amazing birds, these goslings definitely stole the show…

What a beautiful family!
Even geese have trouble keeping their kids in line!!!

Common Name: Canada Goose

Latin Name: Branta canadensis

A Canada Goose, Branta canadensis

Range: Native to North America. Introduced species in the U.K., Ireland and parts of Scandinavia. Also found in Japan, eastern Siberia, and eastern China.

Habitat: Found in a variety habitats near bodies of water, including grasslands, marshlands, and tundra. Commonly observed in parks, gardens and on golf courses.

Diet: Aquatic vegetation, insects, grains, and occasionally small fish.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Well, hello there! 

Though a very commonly observed bird, did you know that the Canada Goose was almost extinct in the 20th century? Habitat destruction and unregulated hunting practices nearly decimated the species. However, now, with what some may consider a conservation program that was “too successful,” the seemingly ubiquitous Canada Goose is often considered a pest. It is true, these birds are “honkingly” loud, messy, and potentially aggressive—but they are also graceful, beautiful and possess these very interesting characteristics…

  • A gosling can start to communicate with its parents while still in the egg.
Too cute for words!


  • There are eleven recognized subspecies of the Canada Goose.
  • Pilots have reported seeing the Canada Goose at an altitude of 9,000 feet.
  • The Canada Goose is monogamous throughout their lifetime, only selecting a new mate with the death of an old partner.
  • The Canada Goose has thirteen vocalizations.
They’re off… and so are we!

Happy Birding!

Michelle + Danielle

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