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Nesting for Many Birds is Not “One and Done”

Nesting season is well under way for our backyard birds. Although “one and done” is not true for some of our backyard birds when it comes to nesting. Just as soon as they have one brood off, they start another brood. American Robins can do 2–3 broods a season; Eastern Bluebirds have 2–3 broods; House […]

Summer Suet

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 […]

Video: Tube Feeders & Accessories

Learn about tube feeders including: advantages, types and helpful accessories.

VIDEO: Coexist with Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers are attractive and outgoing members of our community of backyard birds. Occasionally, though, their pecking habits can create some conflict with humans. Never to worry—there are plenty of solutions you can implement to make sure that you and visiting woodpeckers can happily coexist.

Review: Birds of Minnesota–3rd Edition

The newly released 3rd edition Birds of Minnesota, by local but internationally known naturalist and author Stan Tekiela, is also published in Minnesota at Adventure Publications in Cambridge. This third edition includes 14 new species of Minnesota birds from the first edition, updated photographs and range maps as well as expanded information in Stan’s Notes- […]

Birds’ Life Stages Defined

GLOSSARY OF BIRDS’ LIFE STAGES Throughout our website and newsletters, you’ll likely see us refer to birds’ life stages by name. We thought it’d be a good idea to give a short review in case any of the terms are unfamiliar. HATCHLING. A bird just out of the egg. Generally a bird is called a […]

Hummingbird and Oriole Feeder Pest Prevention

Ants and bees can take the fun out of feeding hummingbirds and orioles. Luckily, there are some simple tricks and products that will help you deter pests and still provide meals for your favorite nectar-eating birds! Hang your hummingbird and oriole feeders from an ant moat filled with water.  The ants can’t swim across the […]

Minnesota’s Warblers

Up to 20 different species of warblers pass through the Twin Cities area between mid-April and the end of May, with the bulk passing through between the 5th and 15th of May. If you’d like to catch a sighting or two of these colorful migrants—in your backyard or around town—Minnesota birding expert Bob Janssen has […]

Your Donated Feeders Make a Difference!

Your feeders found new homes with the Scouts of America, a nature center and Wayzata Schools. Each year we hold a Feeder Swap sale, during which we ask our customers to bring in a used bird feeder to donate in exchange for 20% off a new feeder (in addition to their Frequent Feeder Member Discounts). […]

Male and Female Look-Alikes

Bird species in which the male and female look the same are called monomorphic. Several of our favorite backyard bird species are monomorphic, such as Black-capped Chickadees, Blue Jays, House Wrens and Mourning Doves. Other monomorphic species in Minnesota include American Crows and Bald Eagles. Here are some clues to help you figure out who’s […]

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