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Our Annual Feeder Swap Sale is Here!

Bring in an old feeder to swap and save 20% off a new feeder!

Plus, Frequent Feeder Members receive at least an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF!

Choose from our vast selection of seed, suet, Nyjer™ and nectar feeders. Our experienced staff will help you select just the right feeders for the birds you want to attract.

Bluebirds Event April 8th at White Bear Store

Bluebird Seminar Poster 2018

Click the image to see the full-size poster.

Let’s Talk Bluebirds!

Join our expert staff along with George Brown, coordinator for the Ramsey County Bluebird Recovery Program, for an in-store event to talk everything BLUEBIRDS! Get information about nest box placement, preventing predation, checking nests/care/cleaning, selecting bluebird feeders, and other of great bluebird facts.

We hope to see you at our White Bear Lake All Seasons Wild Bird Store location for this popular annual event!

Six Tips for Effective Birdhouses

birdhouse

This birdhouse features appropriate materials, sloped roof, easy access for cleaning and a correctly sized, reinforced entry hole.

Providing a healthy home for backyard birds isn’t difficult, but there are some simple tips you should observe in order to make sure your bird’s abode is a safe and attractive place to create a nest.

  1. Pay attention to dimensions. With birdhouses, size does matter. A birdhouse should have the proper dimension; entrance hole size, floor size and entrance height. Different birds require different sizes and using the proper dimensions can help keep unwanted birds out and protect the hatchlings.
  2. Choose appropriate materials. The best birdhouses are made from untreated wood and use galvanized screws, not nails.
  3. Supply ventilation and drainage. Birdhouses should have ventilation and drainage holes to prevent overheating or drowning of baby birds. A sloped roof with a bit of an overhang can also help keep the nest dry. If you have a house without these you can always drill a few holes in the floor for drainage and high up on the sides to provide ventilation.
  4. Provide easy access for cleaning and monitoring. The easiest are birdhouses with one side hinged or that lifts out.
  5. Stay away from any birdhouse with an outside perch. Cavity nesting birds do not need them and outside perches make it easier for predators or unwanted birds to get it.
  6. Keep it neutral. Birds tend to avoid bright, unnatural colors (too obvious to predators) and gravitate to natural, unpainted houses.

Top Tips for Hosting Bluebirds

Hosting Eastern Bluebirds in your yard is rewarding. You get a close-up look at these beautiful, iridescent birds. You also get the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to restore bluebird populations.

It’s not difficult to host bluebirds, but you should be aware of what’s involved before you get started. This video gives you an introduction to hosting bluebirds. For more information, see: our Attracting Bluebirds page, our Tips for Birdhouses and Nest Boxes page, and the Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota website.

Humm-Bug Hummingbird Feeder

As mentioned in our April 2018 Phenology and Seasonal Checklist!

Try a Humm-Bug Hummingbird Feeder to provide fruit flies for hummingbirds. Simply open the two-piece feeder, add 2 to 3 bananas, banana peels and/or fruit peelings.In just a few days you will have an unlimited supply of protein packed fruit flies for all the hummingbirds to enjoy!

This is a first-of-its-kind nectar-free feeder for Hummingbirds.

Video: Happy Valentine’s Day! About Red Birds

Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you wearing red as a symbol of romance today? A lot of male songbirds wear red to enhance their attractiveness to potential mates. Take a look!

Squirrel-defeating Birdfeeding

Feeder PlacementAs with real estate, it’s “location, location, location” when feeding birds but defeating squirrels. A pole system feeding station set up 12 feet from over-hanging limbs or deck railings with a baffle on the pole 5 feet off the ground provides for squirrel free bird feeding.

If your yard does not allow such a set up, there are other options to defeat the squirrels. Squirrels have thousands more taste buds than birds and therefore react strongly to the deterrent of hot pepper added to bird food. Birds, on the other hand, don’t seem to notice.

Hot pepper suets

A few of our hot pepper products we have available.

Suet cakes, seed cakes and seed cylinders containing hot pepper are a ready-made solution. If you prefer using tube feeders and hopper feeders with loose seed, adding hot pepper oil or powder works great too. All of these products are available at All Seasons Wild Bird Stores.

Of course, there is a whole array of squirrel resistant feeders to choose from at all of our neighborhood stores. Some of our favorites can be found on our web site in the squirrel resistant section.

For more information, visit our Troubleshooting Pests page. We can help you keep the “peace” in backyard bird feeding.

Video: House Finch or Purple Finch?

Both reddish-colored finches, House Finches and Purple Finches are frequently confused for one another. We prepared a brief video to help you get to know the defining characteristics of each species to aid in your identification efforts. Take a look!

Welcome Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls

Pine Siskins on bird feeder

Photo by Jim Weisman

This is the time of year when you may begin to see some less-common visitors to your backyard feeding stations. Every few years, we experience an “irruption”—an influx of typically northern-dwelling birds—into our Twin Cities Metro Area and beyond in Minnesota. The irruption is often due to poor crops of conifer seeds (pine and spruce) and catkins (birch and alders) that birds like Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls consume.

Irruption events are lucky for us as backyard birders, because we are fortunate to be able to see species of birds that may otherwise live out of our range. We can support these birds by providing Nyjer, Nyjer and Chips, sunflower chips, or Finches’ Choice in finch feeders. Flocks of visiting Pine Siskins and/or redpolls will greedily thank you for the gifts!

Get to know these two species a little better with the following video.

 

Video: Bird Alarm Calls

Backyard Bird’s Alarm Call Network

Real-time reports from backyard birds can give those around them advance warning to seek cover. Alarm calls can be wide-bandwidth, loud and short to attract birds from farther away to come mob a predator. Other calls can be shorter bandwidth, high-pitched “seets”that don’t travel as far as individual sounds, but spread quickly from bird to bird to warn of a predator on the move.

Beyond simply indicating the presence of a threat, researchers are learning that warning calls can contain messages about the type or level of threat. For example, scientist Erick Green at the University of Montana reported in the journal Science that a higher number of -dees in a chickadee’s call translated to a higher, more serious threat.

Take a look at the following video for some examples of alarm calls you may hear in your backyard.