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Late-nesting Birds

Spring is just the beginning of the nesting season for our backyard birds. Some birds will produce numerous broods over the entire summer season and some birds will wait until mid-summer to start nesting. Multiple Broods Extend the Nesting Season For instance, American Robins can produce 3 or 4 broods from May through August. Each brood can take up to…

Feed hummingbirds out of your hand!

We’re so excited about this clever new product! Nectar Dots allow you to feed hummingbirds out of your hand. Simply sit or stand still with the nectar dot in your hand near an existing nectar feeder where hummingbirds frequent (it’s helpful to wear sunglasses while you do so!). Take a look a the video for more details! Pick up your…

When to put out hummer and oriole feeders

One of the spring FAQs at the Minnetonka store is “When should I put out the hummingbird and oriole feeders?” Folks look a little surprised when I answer “April 26th.” After backyard bird feeding in the same location for a couple decades and recording the first oriole sighting of the year, orioles typically arrive in my yard two days either…

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…

Squirrel-defeating Birdfeeding

As 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…

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 the nectar ports to deter…

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 on the outdoor temperature. Experts…

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 seed. It’s incredibly easy! Simply…

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 heat. With fewer daylight hours…

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 pulling whole peanuts through the…