All Posts   Posted:   February 17, 2016 by Jennifer Williams

The modern urban environment isn't always conducive to wildlife sightings, but Portland – with a river and other protected areas running through its heart – is a great place for watching birds. It's easy to get these delightful feathered friends flocking to your yard and garden with a simple feeder, and with a bit of consideration you can attract a great variety of them: from tiny yet feisty Hummingbirds, to impressive Woodpeckers and everything in-between.

Personally, nothing lifts my spirits like the sound of Bushtits. I usually hear them coming before I see them, their cheery little chirps announce a flock of the most adorable tiny birds to call the Portland area home (other than hummingbirds of course!). Whenever I hear their call I head to the window and watch the tiny procession flit into the yard and then swarm the suet feeder for a hearty winter meal.

Some simple tips to attract a wide range of birds and keep them coming back for more:

  1. Keep your seed dry and fresh by choosing feeders with overhead cover, making sure that they aren't too big for your bird population (you should be refilling every week or so).
  2. Many feeders are specialized for different types of seed – Select the type of feeder to help attract your favorite species.
  3. No-waste seed is an easy way to keep the feeder area tidy.
  4. Squirrel-proof feeders will deter even the most determined of squirrels. Or if you’re an equal opportunity wildlife feeder, you can provide squirrels a separate food source (peanuts, sunflower, corn, etc) away from the bird feeders.
  5. Plant native plant species in the garden to provide shelter, perching surfaces, and boost local pollinator levels.
  6. Provide a source of water such as birdbaths and fountains for an attractive way to increase bird visitors exponentially.

We carry the following seeds and blends:

Fine Sunflower Chips: Is Black Oil Sunflower seeds that have been shelled for no waste & no sprouting! This is perfect for many Finch species, Chickadees, Bushtits, and Woodpeckers.

Deck Porch and Patio: Is a no sprout mix of Sunflower, peanuts, pistachios and hulled Pumpkin that attracts an array of Songbirds, Grosbeaks, Finches, Jays, and Nuthatches.   

Nut and Berry: Is a blend of no sprout Sunflower Kernels, Peanuts, safflower seed, pistachios, hulled pumpkin seeds, dried raisins, dried cranberry that will attract Finches, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Jays, Grosbeaks, Chickadees

Special Finch: The simple combination of Sunflower chips and Niger Thistle seed is the favorite of American Goldfinches, Purple Finches, and House Finches.

Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Chickadee: Is also a no sprout mix of Sunflower Kernels, Peanuts, safflower seed, pistachios, hulled pumpkin seeds, dried raisins, dried cranberry, dried apple, dried juniper berry, dried papaya to bring in the elusive Woodpeckers as well as Nuthatches, Chickadees, and Jays.

 

If you'd like to take birding to the next level, click here for information on the Audubon Society backyard certification program for the cities of Portland and surrounding areas in Gresham, Fairview and Lake Oswego!

The modern urban environment isn't always conducive to wildlife sightings, but Portland – with a river and other protected areas running through its heart – is a great place for watching birds. It's easy to get these delightful feathered friends flocking to your yard and garden with a simple feeder, and with a bit of consideration you can attract a great variety of them: from tiny yet feisty Hummingbirds, to impressive Woodpeckers and everything in-between.

Personally, nothing lifts my spirits like the sound of Bushtits. I usually hear them coming before I see them, their cheery little chirps announce a flock of the most adorable tiny birds to call the Portland area home (other than hummingbirds of course!). Whenever I hear their call I head to the window and watch the tiny procession flit into the yard and then swarm the suet feeder for a hearty winter meal.

Some simple tips to attract a wide range of birds and keep them coming back for more:

  1. Keep your seed dry and fresh by choosing feeders with overhead cover, making sure that they aren't too big for your bird population (you should be refilling every week or so).
  2. Many feeders are specialized for different types of seed – Select the type of feeder to help attract your favorite species.
  3. No-waste seed is an easy way to keep the feeder area tidy.
  4. Squirrel-proof feeders will deter even the most determined of squirrels. Or if you’re an equal opportunity wildlife feeder, you can provide squirrels a separate food source (peanuts, sunflower, corn, etc) away from the bird feeders.
  5. Plant native plant species in the garden to provide shelter, perching surfaces, and boost local pollinator levels.
  6. Provide a source of water such as birdbaths and fountains for an attractive way to increase bird visitors exponentially.

We carry the following seeds and blends:

Fine Sunflower Chips: Is Black Oil Sunflower seeds that have been shelled for no waste & no sprouting! This is perfect for many Finch species, Chickadees, Bushtits, and Woodpeckers.

Deck Porch and Patio: Is a no sprout mix of Sunflower, peanuts, pistachios and hulled Pumpkin that attracts an array of Songbirds, Grosbeaks, Finches, Jays, and Nuthatches.   

Nut and Berry: Is a blend of no sprout Sunflower Kernels, Peanuts, safflower seed, pistachios, hulled pumpkin seeds, dried raisins, dried cranberry that will attract Finches, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Jays, Grosbeaks, Chickadees

Special Finch: The simple combination of Sunflower chips and Niger Thistle seed is the favorite of American Goldfinches, Purple Finches, and House Finches.

Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Chickadee: Is also a no sprout mix of Sunflower Kernels, Peanuts, safflower seed, pistachios, hulled pumpkin seeds, dried raisins, dried cranberry, dried apple, dried juniper berry, dried papaya to bring in the elusive Woodpeckers as well as Nuthatches, Chickadees, and Jays.

 

If you'd like to take birding to the next level, click here for information on the Audubon Society backyard certification program for the cities of Portland and surrounding areas in Gresham, Fairview and Lake Oswego!