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Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle? A guide to telling them apart.

Video: Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle?

Young Bald Eagles are a similar size and coloring to Golden Eagles. A close look at where their mottling patterns occur, whether their legs are feathered or unfeathered, bill size, seasonality and location can help narrow down the identification. Range maps from Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bald_Eagle/maps-range https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Golden_Eagle/maps-range National Eagle Center’s Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle field…

Checking on a Bluebird Trail

This morning I had the opportunity to tag along with George Brown as he checked nest boxes along the bluebird trail he maintains. You may recall from a previous blog post that George is the Ramsey and Washington counties coordinator for the Bluebird Recovery Project (BBRC). Checking on the nest boxes weekly is a critical function of maintaining a bluebird…

Hummingbird sipping nectar from a feeder

VIDEO: Tips for Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds

Watch the short video below for tips for attracting and feeding hummingbirds.  • When to put hummingbird feeders out in the Twin Cities of Minnesota • Don’t use pesticides because hummingbirds eat insects • Select feeders that are easy to fill and clean • Make nectar from concentrate or mix your own nectar • Apply mint to ports to keep bees and wasps away • Prevent…

COVID-19 Update

April 3, 2021 White Bear Lake store open until 6pm weekdays! We’re delighted to report that we’re able to extend our Monday–Friday hours at our White Bear Lake store! The new hours for White Bear Lake are identical now to all of our other locations. Mon–Fri: 9am to 6pm Sat: 9am to 5pm Closed Sundays Same-day curbside delivery for orders…

Identifying: Red-Bellied, Red-Headed Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers

The Red-bellied Woodpecker is often confused with the Red-headed Woodpecker because, despite its name, it has a rather prominent red cap. The Red-bellied Woodpecker is also often confused with the Northern Flicker because it has a similar size and markings. In this video, we point out the distinguishing characteristics of all three species to help you become a master in…

Migration Myths

Have you heard any of these common myths about migration? Our newest video separates myth from fact! Based on an article by Minnetonka Manager CAROL CHENAULT in the Sept/Oct 2017 edition of our Bird’s-Eye View Newsletter.

Hidden Homes

Some birds, like House Wrens, Black-capped Chickadees, Bluebirds and House Finches, readily take residence in the nest boxes that we place in our yards. But some species seem to mysteriously appear at feeders one day with full-grown young. Here’s an inside peek at what you may be missing. Northern Cardinals Cardinal nests are usually very well hidden within dense shrubs…

American Goldfinch in autumn

Transition Season

REPRINTED FROM OUR BIRD’S-EYE VIEW ARCHIVES: SEPT/OCT 2017 Minnetonka Manager Carol Chenault shares how she readies her backyard for the change in seasons Addressing Nectar Feeders As I bid the Baltimore Orioles farewell the first week of September, the transition to fall backyard bird feeding begins. Taking down the oriole feeders, washing them well with soap and water and disinfecting…

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…

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…

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.…