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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...

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...

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...

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Located on the Columbia River just east of Washougal, this 1,000 acre refuge supports diverse species of wintering, migrating, and breeding birds in a variety of habitats. Read more...

Anna’s Hummingbird

Once limited primarily to California, Anna's Hummingbirds have expanded their range in recent decades and can now be found in Portland year-round. Read more...

Welcome Winter Birds

As deciduous trees drop their foliage and natural food sources dwindle, autumn is perfect for hosting a banquet of our colorful, captivating backyard birds. Read more...

Townsend’s Warbler – an Exciting Winter Visitor

It's a dreary winter day, a few juncos hop around the millet tray while House Finches and chickadees work on the black oil sunflower feeder. Suddenly a flash of color zooms down to the suet feeder. What's that bird with the striking black and yellow face? Why, it's a Townsend's Warbler! Read more...

Hummer Cozy

We are pleased to offer Hummingbird Feeder Cozies, an affordable way to keep your hummingbird feeder thawed during the day. No electricity required and easy to use! Hummer Cozies are hand made in Washington State! Read more...

Cold Weather Tips for Hummingbird Feeders

It’s unusual for us to get the winter freezes and snow here in the Portland/Vancouver area, but when we do, the resident Anna’s Hummingbirds count on our feeders more than ever. I have three hummingbird feeders that I keep going all winter long. When we have freezing weather, they are more popular than ever. When the weather drops into the 20’s, keeping the nectar from freezing is a big challenge. Here are some ideas, with illustrations, that may make it easier! Read more...

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