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Teenage Birds on Saturday, June 25, 2016

The other morning was fairly busy with birds around the yard, but something was different about my usual “customers.” After watching the activity, I realized I was seeing adult birds teaching their young how to search for food in my yard. Read more...

Watch Your Mail for Our Summer Savings Postcard! on Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We've mailed it! The front-side photography of a Chestnut-backed Chickadee, by local photographer Steve Berliner, is superb! The savings are great too! Read more...

May:  Audubon’s Birdathon and Tualatin River Bird Festival on Monday, May 09, 2016

May is a busy month for birds and bird watchers alike. Resident birds such as the Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, and Bushtit are busy raising chicks. Many migratory birds, such as warblers, Western Tanagers and Bullock’s Orioles are just arriving, or passing through on their way to nesting grounds farther north. That creates quite a bit of activity and makes May an exciting time for bird lovers. Not only can you enjoy the show in your backyard but you can also join one of the many events commemorating May's feathered fiesta. Read more...

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Birds! on Sunday, May 01, 2016

As we pause to celebrate this Mother’s Day with flowers, greeting cards, and visits to our moms, many of our favorite backyard birds are a bit too busy to take notice. Right now they’re very focused on raising their own broods. We’ve seen evidence that many birds are busy preparing for their young. There’s also evidence that some birds are busy feeding chicks that have already hatched (have you seen the Western Scrub-Jay nestling photos posted on our Facebook page)? Read more...

Celebrating our 25th Spring with You and Your Backyard Birds! on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Now through July is prime time for our backyard nature show featuring captivating antics of nesting birds! There will be birds doing courtship and territorial displays. There will be birds gathering nesting materials for nest construction. There will be adult birds carrying food to their young and carrying fecal sacks away from their nest. There will be newly fledged young learning how to fly and after mastering flight, learning how to land. There will parent birds bringing their family of young to forage in our yard and at our feeders. Don’t miss out! With just a little preparation, knowhow and some luck, you can sit back and watch the show. Read more...

Orange-rumped Bumble Bees Like Birdhouses. . . A Good Thing! on Thursday, April 07, 2016

These unaggressive, beneficial bumblebees are native northwesterners. Their range is from British Columbia to California and as far east as Idaho. Orange-rumped bumblebees will sometimes nest in a birdhouse. Consider yourself lucky, and contributing positively to the environment, if you play host to them this year! Read more...

Increase Traffic and Variety of Birds on Wednesday, April 06, 2016

So you have a nice variety of birds at your seed, suet and nectar feeders? Great! Did you know you can bring in even more species by adding a birdbath? Read more...

“Saving That Baby Bird” on Friday, April 01, 2016

Often well-meaning backyard bird enthusiasts mistakenly believe they’re helping a baby bird in trouble, when less interference would be the best course of action. Read more...

Window and Mirror Combat on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

As he has done the last few mornings, a male Song Sparrow perches on my bedroom window sill and sings at the top of his lungs. It’s a beautiful song, even at this early hour! But now he flies forward and thumps against my window, and then repeats that motion several times. Finally he flies to a nearby branch to sing another solo. Read more...

Gardening Without Chemicals on Monday, March 28, 2016

I believe that one of our missions at Backyard Bird Shop is to help our customers encourage biodiversity in an effort to create a thriving wildlife habitat. One easy step is to discontinue the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Read more...

Birdie Baby Food on Sunday, March 27, 2016

The time it takes for a newly hatched bird to grow from a naked chick to a feathered adult-sized adolescent is just a matter of weeks. Yep, crazy growth rate! Since most songbirds’ young cannot digest seed, bird parents spend all daylight hours hunting for insects and foods packed with protein and fat to feed their fast-growing nestlings. When spring cold snaps reduce insect availability, birds are at risk of losing one or more of their nestlings. Lacking food for even one one day can make the difference between nesting success or failure. Read more...

Spring Has Sprung, and So Has Nesting Season for Birds on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Watching birds raise young right in your own yard is lots of fun! From pair-bonding to courtship rituals, from nest-building to frenzied-feeding of young, nesting season is action-packed and exhilarating! Read more...

It’s Mason Bee Time! on Monday, March 14, 2016

Native mason bees are highly effective and efficient pollinators. These unaggressive bees emerge from their cocoons between March and June to help pollinate our native trees and plants. Read more...

The Stork is Coming! on Friday, March 04, 2016

Granted, the stork doesn’t actually deliver babies, but it really is time to prepare your backyard for the arrival of baby birds! Read on for tips ... Read more...

Nesting Notes on Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Feeders? Check! Birdbath? Check! What else can you offer to encourage backyard birds in your yard? Shelter and habitat! Read more...

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