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The Birds of Autumn

Autumn signals time to say “goodbye” to many fascinating birds that migrate to warmer climates. Gone until spring are Rufous Hummingbirds, Vaux Swifts, Barn, Violet Green and Tree Swallows, and many American Robins. They’ve migrated south because the supply of nectar and insects diminishes in a Pacific Northwest winter. Autumn is also a time to say “hello” to birds that migrate to the Pacific Northwest in search of seeds and soft ground for probing. Read more...

Vaux’s Swift

Chapman School in Northwest Portland houses the largest known roost of migrating swifts in the world! Hundreds of bird watchers visit the school during September to watch up to 35,000 Vaux Swifts swarm into the chimney at dusk. Read more...

Western Screech-Owl

Owls are around us all the time, often right under our noses even in urban settings. The Western Screech-Owl is Portland’s most common species, preferring wooded neighborhoods and small, riparian green spaces. Read more...

Perfect Time for a Suet Sale!

Whew! We've had WEATHER! And lots of bird activity! Many birds really go for suet during cold months -- it is a high energy insect substitute, and insects are hard to come by in cold months, and even grubs and larvae are inaccessible when snow and ice cover our trees and bushes. Don't forget our February Suet Sale! Read more...

Anna’s Hummingbird

Once limited primarily to California, Anna's Hummingbirds have expanded their range in recent decades and can now be found in Portland year-round. Read more...

Townsend’s Warbler – an Exciting Winter Visitor

It's a dreary winter day, a few juncos hop around the millet tray while House Finches and chickadees work on the black oil sunflower feeder. Suddenly a flash of color zooms down to the suet feeder. What's that bird with the striking black and yellow face? Why, it's a Townsend's Warbler! Read more...

Hummer Cozy

We are pleased to offer Hummingbird Feeder Cozies, an affordable way to keep your hummingbird feeder thawed during the day. No electricity required and easy to use! Hummer Cozies are hand made in Washington State! Read more...

Varied Thrush:  Dressed in Holiday Orange

A visit from a Varied Thrush can really brighten up your backyard on a dark winter day! This striking bird may remind you of its cousin, the American Robin, only dressed in orange instead of red. Read more...

Anna’s Hummingbird, a Year ‘Round Resident

Did you know that the Portland area is the year-round residence of one species of hummingbird? Anna’s Hummingbirds, the largest of coastal Pacific Northwest hummers, are non-migratory! Both sexes are primarily greenish in color, but in sunlight males flash purplish red iridescence on their foreheads, throat patches, and sides of neck. Read more...

The Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers are well known for their specialized feeding behaviors. With chisel-like bills, these birds excavate wood or peel bark in search of insects. Their long tongues are barbed at the tip to aid in removing insects from tunnels and crevices. Read more...

White-crowned Sparrow

With their slender build and long tails, White-crowned Sparrows are dapper birds! They winter across much of the Lower 48 and into Mexico, and can be found in the Portland area year-round Read more...

Red-breasted Nuthatch

A favorite backyard bird is a small (4-1/2") bird with a distinctive shape -- compact and tapered at both ends! Read more...

Northern Flicker

The Northern Flicker is one of the most striking birds observed in our backyards. Read more...

Violet-green Swallow

Many backyard bird watchers agree that spring really begins when the swallows return! A northwestern favorite is the Violet-green Swallow, a summer resident that can be coaxed to nest in our backyards. Read more...

Evening Grosbeak

If your black oil sunflower seeds are vanishing at an alarming rate, and your feeders seem especially crowded and noisy, the “grocery beaks” may be paying you a visit! If you have the honor of hosting them this year, you're lucky -- our population of Evening Grosbeaks has declined 78% in the last 40 years. Read more...

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