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Pine Siskin

If you see a small, heavily streaked finch at your nyjer or sunflower feeder, aggressively spreading its tail and wings, you're likely watching the antics of a Pine Siskin as it tries to intimidate the other birds at the feeder! These scrappy 5-inch birds often forage in large flocks, and seem quite adept at vying for the best perch on a nyjer or black oil sunflower feeder! Read more...

Rufous Hummingbird

In March we welcome Rufous Hummingbirds, who fly up to 3,000 miles from their wintering grounds to join us in the northwest. Read more...

Tips on Hosting Nesting Birds

Whether your yard is urban, suburban, or rural, you can encourage nesting birds to take up residence. Food, water, and a sheltered nesting site are the essentials. Here are some tips to increase your likelihood of success: Read more...

“Saving” that Baby Bird

It is spring, so Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center will soon be very busy handling the “huddled masses” of baby animals that find themselves at their doorstep. 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...

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrows are found throughout North America, but with up to 30 different subspecies, this bird may look different wherever you travel. Visitors from other parts of the country often confuse the local Song Sparrows with Fox Sparrows, but Fox Sparrows are larger. With a little practice, you will learn to recognize Song Sparrows by their distinctive, and beautiful, call note. Read more...

Nuthatches—Acrobats in Your Backyard!

Nuthatches are the only birds in our area who are equally adept at going either direction on a tree trunk, upward or downward. Ornithologists believe that nuthatches find insect food by going down a tree trunk that would be missed by birds going up the tree trunk, so the nutty behavior is really an evolutionary advantage. Read more...

Spotted Towhee

You may hear this bird before you see it! If you hear scratching and rustling noises coming from leaf litter or a birdfeeding area, you may be hearing a Spotted Towhee. Try to get a peek, because it's a beautiful backyard bird! Read more...

Fall Feeder Traffic Highlights

Migratory sparrows, mixed flocks of songbirds, and Anna's Hummingbirds .... Read more...

The Birds of Autumn

Autumn signals time to say “goodbye” to many fascinating birds that migrate to warmer climates. Gone until spring are Rufous Hummingbirds, Vaux Swifts, Barn, Violet Green and Tree Swallows, and many American Robins. They’ve migrated south because the supply of nectar and insects diminishes in a Pacific Northwest winter. Autumn is also a time to say “hello” to birds that migrate to the Pacific Northwest in search of seeds and soft ground for probing. Read more...

Vaux’s Swift

Chapman School in Northwest Portland houses the largest known roost of migrating swifts in the world! Hundreds of bird watchers visit the school during September to watch up to 35,000 Vaux Swifts swarm into the chimney at dusk. Read more...

What Seeds Seed Lovers Love

It’s true, black oil sunflower seed is the best choice for attracting the widest variety of birds. It's also true that going beyond black oil sunflower may bring new “diners” to your feeders. Here’s a tip: one type of seed per feeder reduces waste and mess. Birds rifle through seed mixes, dropping everything but their favorite. Another tip: don't buy "wild bird seed mixes" with stuff in them that Portland area birds won't eat -- like milo, for example. Backyard Bird Shop takes pride in offering the cleanest, freshest seeds you can buy for the best price you can find them! Read more...

Western Screech-Owl

Owls are around us all the time, often right under our noses even in urban settings. The Western Screech-Owl is Portland’s most common species, preferring wooded neighborhoods and small, riparian green spaces. Read more...

American Goldfinch

Chances are good that the bright flash of yellow you see in your back yard is a male American Goldfinch. This gregarious 5" bird can be seen all across America, along roadsides, in open woods and fields, farm and suburban yards. Read more...

Perfect Time for a Suet Sale!

Whew! We've had WEATHER! And lots of bird activity! Many birds really go for suet during cold months -- it is a high energy insect substitute, and insects are hard to come by in cold months, and even grubs and larvae are inaccessible when snow and ice cover our trees and bushes. Don't forget our February Suet Sale! Read more...

Sandy River Delta

The Sandy River Delta harbors many unique breeding birds including Red-eyed Vireo and Eastern Kingbird. A 1.2-mile trail, built primarily by volunteers, leads from the parking lot to Maya Lin's elliptical bird blind. The vertical wooden slats of the bird blind are inscribed with the name and current status of each of the 134 species Lewis and Clark noted on their westward journey. Read more...

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