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Category Archives: Seasonal Happenings

Video: What to Do if You Find a Baby Bird

As we enter birds’ nesting season, it’s good to be prepared for what to do if you find a baby bird in your yard. Here’s a short video that explains your options. The Minnesota Wildlife Rehabilitation Center phone number is: 651-486-9453. They also have an excellent FAQ resources page on their website: https://www.wrcmn.org/

VIDEO: 5 Winter Bird Myths

This Video Debunks 5 Winter Bird Myths Common to the Twin Cities Metro Area For more information (including two additional myths), see our January/February 2017 edition of our Bird’s-Eye View Newsletter! Save Save

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 […]

Late-Nesting Goldfinches

Goldfinches are the latest nesting songbird in Minnesota. Unlike most of our songbirds, they do not feed their young insects or larvae as their diet is strictly vegetarian. As a result, Goldfinches delay nesting until milkweed, thistle and other plants produce seeds in an effort to ensure that there will be plentiful food sources to […]

I found a baby bird! Now what?

We get this question quite a lot from our customers, and it’s no wonder — most of us are passionate about our backyard birds and want to help the best we can to make sure they’re healthy. To help you out, we’ve prepared this flow chart. Plus, check out the video from Slate Magazine on the […]

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 […]

More Early Signs of Spring

This time of year, you might find yourself looking to the gray skies and asking out loud, “WHEN? When will it be Spring?” You’re not alone. By mid-February, the infatuation with fluffy snows and chunky sweaters gives way to fantasies of grassy lawns and bare feet for many of us here in Minnesota. If you’re […]

Nesting Owls: Signs of Spring!

Guess Who’s Feeling Frisky? It may not feel like spring to us, but the owls are beginning to feel a bit frisky these days. Sometimes at night you can hear their hooting and calling. The calling is a part of their mating ritual. The males usually stay in one area and call out to females […]

Scandinavian Tradition for the Birds

A Holiday Act of Kindness Towards Birds The Scandinavian countries have a beautiful tradition of encouraging the kind treatment of birds at Christmas time. They believe that if you spread birdseed outside your doorstep on Christmas morning, thus including the birds in the feasting that takes place inside your home, you will have good luck […]

Transitions

Reflecting on Seasonal Changes I feel a bit wistful after the orioles leave for Mexico, Central and South America. I will miss their chatter and their beauty. I am cheered by the Hummingbirds that visit my yard more frequently in September than during nesting season. I keep the feeders filled with fresh nectar well into […]