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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.

Discover the Convenience of Home Delivery

If you live in the Twin Cities Metro Area, you are eligible to take part in our Store-to-Door Services! We offer one-time, recurring and vacation delivery services. And, for a small additional fee, we’ll check and fill your feeders and even clean and fill your birdbath for you as well.

Busy families, customers with limited mobility, and some of our older customers find new freedom to watch their backyard birds without the need to visit our store or lift heavy bags. Learn more about our Store-to-Door Services by visiting our Services page, or simply watch the short video, below.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Discover this season’s picks for birds and bird lovers at all of our All Seasons Wild Bird Store locations!

 

We won an award!

We are honored to have been nominated  and to have won the 2017 Wild Bird Expo Retailer of the Year  award. It’s always great  to be recognized for something that you  spend much of your time and energy doing  on a daily basis. We want to extend a  heartfelt thank you to our amazing staff and  to our loyal customers. Please see this brief  press release regarding the award:

 

Wild Bird Retailer of the Year awards

See full article from http://www.wildbirdexpo.com/

All Seasons Wild Bird Stores of Minnesota was named a Best Birding Retailer Award winner at the 2017 Wild Bird Expo™. A panel of industry experts and peers picked the All Seasons Wild Bird Store locations as the Best Large Store over 1800 square feet with a Birding Emphasis.

Nominees for the awards were submitted by a Candidate Search Committee, who were tasked with determining who, in their opinion, demonstrated a conscientious effort in advancing the birding hobby and industry. The required criteria to qualify as a nominee included several factors such as:

  1. Sales volume (total and per sq. ft.)
  2. Growth history and advancement of new trends
  3. Best practice systems
  4. Product selection offered
  5. Merchandising
  6. Advertising, customer communication and education (websites, social media, etc.)
  7. Overall impact within their community and beyond

All winning retailers were selected by birding industry leaders. With five metro locations, the family-owned All Seasons Wild Bird Stores have seen steady growth for over 25 years. Their Vacation Feed-and-Fill Service, where they maintain and fill local birders’ feeders while they’re away, their Frequent Feeder Member Program , Project Lights Out Campaign , Feeder Swap Campaign , in-store literature takeaways, newsletters, and seasonal tips are just a few ways that they give back to the community. Store owner, Dave Netten, also serves as President of the Wild Bird Feeding Industry (WBFI) Board of Directors.