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Category Archives: Bird Food Tips

Video: A Guide to Feeder Types

Here’s a guide to selecting the right feeder or feeders for your yard. As always, ask any of our local backyard birding experts for help finding the perfect feeder for they types of birds you would like to attract.  

Seasonal Notes: September

Orioles Out; Hummers Still Here We lament the migration of the orioles as they leave this week. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds will continue to visit feeders well into October. Male hummingbirds migrate first so we will be seeing mostly females and juveniles at the feeders. Change your nectar every three days or so. Apply mint extract to […]

Care and Maintenance of Nectar Feeders

Hummingbirds Require Clean Food and Feeders There’s more to attracting Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds to your yard than just putting out a nectar feeder. Keeping your nectar feeders clean is essential to keeping the hummingbirds in your yard and keeping them healthy. Nectar can turn bad in as little as a day or two depending on the […]

5 Reasons to Serve Dried Mealworms

Many of us dish up live mealworms in the early summer months to help orioles and bluebirds provide nutrition for their fledglings. But did you know that serving dried mealworms in the winter months offers benefits to a wide variety of backyard birds? Here are five reasons to start mixing dried mealworms in with your […]

Best Bird Seeds for Winter

As with every season, you should select seed for the type of birds you’d like to attract and the environment in which you reside. However, in cold weather climates, you should also consider birds’ additional energy needs. Birds must eat more per hour during cold weather in order to energize their metabolism and produce body […]

Who Eats Peanuts?

“Who eats peanuts?” many customers ask as they pass the in shell peanuts and peanut pick-out barrels in the store. Many of our backyard birds love peanuts and benefit for peanuts’ high protein and rich fat. See our selection of peanut-based foods and feeders here. Blue Jays Grab and Go Blue Jays are adept at […]

Attract Indigo Buntings & Scarlet Tanagers

Tips for Thrill Seekers Indigo Buntings and Scarlet Tanagers are in Minnesota, but many backyard sightings of these gorgeous birds occur during migration while they’re en route to their nesting habitats. If you’d like to tip the scales in your favor to host one or both of these gem-like birds in your yard, here are […]

Sky Café Feeder Pictured in Star Tribune Article

Customers Request Feeder Pictured in Article about Carrol Henderson’s New Book We’ve had several customers come in to the stores lately with a clipping from the December 23, 2015 article in the Star Tribune about birder Carrol Henderson’s new book. The book, Feeding Wild Birds in America, looks like a great read—it  features practical advice […]

Summer Suet Feeding

Suet isn’t Just for Winter Anymore In the spring and summer, it is a great way to provide brooding birds and their nestlings with a generous amount of calories in an easy-to-eat form. Suet with insects or fruit added appeal to a wide range of birds and may provide a source of insects when they […]

Feed the Birds with Less Mess!

If you’re interested in keeping your lawn and garden free of sprouts and shell mess, there’s a birdseed for you. Kracker Jax is a mixture of sunflower hearts, peanut hearts, a touch of cracked corn and hulled millet. Because all the seed is hulled you will have no shells on the ground and absolutely no […]