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September 2016 Newsletter on Thursday, September 15, 2016

Our September Newsletter, with the best seed prices of the year, is available now! To read it now, either navigate from this website's News menu by clicking on "View our Latest Newsletter," or simply click HERE. Read more...

Seed Sale Sept. 15 - 30th on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

SAVE on 18 lb and larger sizes of pre-bagged birdseed September 15 - 30th! The second half of September is the perfect time of year to stock up on the seeds that our fall and winter birds prefer. Don’t miss your opportunity to save! Seed is an important part of our business and our reputation. While seed buying can be as simple as making a phone call to a distributor or broker, we know that would be too easy and truly a disservice to our customers. Backyard Bird Shop hangs our reputation on our birdseed, since it represents half of our sales revenue. We are offering our customers the very best seed deals we can muster through the end of September. Click here for our latest newsletter, which includes a summary of seed sale prices. Read more...

SUNFLOWER:  A FAVORITE OF SEED-EATERS on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

If you are looking for a one-size-fits-all kind of seed, sunflower is your answer! High in protein and fat, this seed is a favorite among our birds. We have numerous ways to offer sunflower to your birds. Read on for a summary .... Read more...

Fall Migration is in Full Swing on Monday, September 12, 2016

The honk-honk-honking of Canada Geese overhead alert us to the change in season. Although the joy of breeding season is long past, there’s much to look forward to with the change of guard at our feeders this fall and winter. Fall migration has a number of our birds heading south, while other birds will arrive from the north and higher elevations. Here's a summary of Arrivals and Departures ... Read more...

Celebrating our 25th Autumn with You and Your Backyard Birds on Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Photo of Backyard Bird Shop staff members at our annual picnic, hosted by the wonderful Portland's White House Thank you for your interest in backyard birds and other wildlife, and for your patronage of Backyard Bird Shop! We know we're fortunate to be a local member of the Portland/Vancouver community, where there is strong interest and effective efforts to protect and sustain our urban wildlife. Thank you, friends and neighbors, for enabling us to keep our doors open, and your backyard wildlife well fed, for 25 years! Read more...

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...

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