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.…

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…

Keep Your Birdbath Fresh and Clean

Not all birds eat from our backyard feeders but all birds need fresh water. Here are some tips for keeping your birdbaths healthy for your birds.   Stone or ceramic birdbaths are best cleaned with a solution of 9 parts water and 1 part bleach.  Lime deposits can be removed from plastic birdbaths with a mixture of half white vinegar…

Care and Maintenance of Nectar Feeders

Nectar can go bad after 2-3 days in hot summer temperatures. 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…

Round up for birds!

You Can Help Us Raise Money for Audubon Minnesota All Seasons Wild Bird Store is excited to announce that from June 14 through June 30, customers can round up their purchase at any All Seasons Wild Bird Store to donate to Audubon Minnesota. The store will then match contributions dollar for dollar! Audubon Minnesota works to reduce bird window strikes…

Critical Tree Pollinators

Many varieties of trees and shrubs depend on pollinators to reproduce, such as apple, pear, plum and cherry trees. Insect pollinators include bees, butterflies, beetles, moths, flies and wasps. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources we have about 400 native wild bee species. A bumble bee pollinates an Eastern Redbud Tree © Russ Ensley | Dreamstime.com Some examples…

Local Warbler Resources

Mourning Warbler Bob Janssen Shares His Favorite Spots in the Twin Cities Birders to Look for Warblers Note: this information is an addendum to the article about seasonal warblers in the May/June 2017 Bird's-Eye View Newsletter. Southern Twin Cities: Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge http://mrvac.org Fort Snelling State Park http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/fort_snelling/index.html Old Cedar Avenue Bridge over Meadow Lake http://oldcedarbridge.com Minneapolis…

White Bear Lake Bluebird Workshop

Join Us April 2, 2017 for “Let’s Talk Bluebirds!” George Brown, coordinator for Ramsey County Bluebird Recovery Program of MN (bbrp.org), will be leading a Bluebird Workshop at our White Bear Lake store April 2 from noon until 3pm. George has been monitoring bluebird trails since 1995. He currently monitors bluebird trails at Dellwood Hills golf course, Oneka Ridge golf…