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A place for backyard birders to come together and share stories and photos of their backyard visitors.



Updated: 2017-09-03T04:57:48.399-07:00

 



New Product!

2012-09-30T22:19:21.786-07:00


Most of you know, we (Seth and Michelle) own and operate NePo Suet Company here in Portland, OR. We just wanted to let everyone know that we have a new product available starting today! NePo Cricket Cakes! The cases will be regularly priced at $75 per case (12 cakes), but for the month of October we will be offering them for only $55 plus free shipping to anywhere in the U.S.!


These suet cakes are packed full of dried crickets and made with the same quality, love, and care that you have come to expect from NePo Suet!
We will only be offering 20 cases for the month of October, so remember to order quickly.

Dried crickets are almost a perfect food for wild birds. They are more nutritious than just about any other feeder insect. We have been testing these in the backyard for a month now, and the birds absolutely 
love them! 



A long time coming

2012-08-10T10:08:26.248-07:00

We haven't posted in quite a while but here are a few photos from the last couple of months. Recently, and for the first time in our yard, we have had Western Screech-Owls and Eurasian Collared Doves! We are very excited to have these two new additions to the yard!2 Western Screech-Owls in our Mountain Ash!Another shot of the owls.A Juvenile Band-Tailed Pigeon. You can tell it's a juvenile by the lack of a white collar around the back of the neck.The Eurasian Collared Doves have been daily visitors for weeks now. It's great to see them and a first for our yard!More Eurasian Collared Dove pics.During the really hot weather (near 100 degrees) the doves would lay out on the tray and spread their wings. We assume that they were tryng to cool off.The first photo we ever got of the Eurasian Collared Dove in a neighbors tree.A juvenile Black-Capped Chickadee. We, luckily, have many nesting in our area.A Red-shafted/Yellow-shafted Flicker. You can tell that it's a hybrid by the red coloration on the back of the neck.A Red-Tailed Hawk on our street. It seems to be carrying a juvenile crow.A Sharp-shinned Hawk on our fence. It was hot and he seemed to be trying to cool down a bit.Another photo of him.Such a gorgeous bird!More shots of the Western Screech-Owl.He landed on one of our bird houses in the backyard. It is so cool to see them so close to us.A very curious owl.They come to the yard, every night, between 9:30pm and 9:45 pm. They definitely own a clock or a very small wrist watch.[...]



Been away for a while...

2011-10-04T15:25:32.020-07:00

We apologize for not posting in the last few months. We will try to get a little better about posting regularly. Here are a few photos from the last few months with more to come soon. None of these are in particular order. Take care and good birding!A Steller's Jay waiting for a handful of peanuts                                          A Song Sparrow taking a quick bathA Bushtit getting ready to take off after grabbing some suetTownsend's and Black-Throated Gray Warblers3 Warblers bathing at one time! Orange-Crowned, Black-Throated Gray and Townsend's!Same 3 little guys3 Black-Throated Gray Warblers at the same time! This was a yard record for us. Normally, we only get one at a time.This Orange-Crowned Warbler flew in through the garage, then through the kitchen and into the living room. He landed on a plant near the ceiling. It took us a while to get him to fly back out. This was 2 days after a Steller's Jay did the same thing.7 Band-Tailed Pigeons in our backyard. They are frequent visitors to our yard.This Band-Tailed Pigeon obviously thought he was a House Finch. He kept trying, though.A Wilson's Warbler on one of our hikesA Hermit Warbler on the same hikeWhite-Crowned Sparrow on top of Saddle MtEvening Grosbeaks fighting over some seed. We think that is a House Sparrow in front of themAn Orange-Crowned Warbler in the yard (not in the living room)Evening Grosbeaks gathered for some dinnerA female Western Tanager grabbing some suetHere she is againWe don't think the Evening Grosbeaks liked sharing, but no body seemed to want to speak upA Band-Tailed Pigeon in flightEvening Grosbeaks waiting for the bird bathAnother Evening GrosbeakEvening Grosbeaks on the right and a solitary Black-Headed Grosbeak to the far leftA female Evening GrosbeakOne of our resident Anna's Hummingbirds in our front yardIt really likes the maple tree in the front of the houseAnother Anna's eating from the FringecupA beautiful male RobinA Yellow-Rumped warbler pretending to be a hummingbirdYellow-Rumped Warbler grabbing some suetEvery spring we get Anna's Hummingbirds grabbing bits of dryer lint for their nesting material[...]



Tillamook trip

2011-04-28T08:55:29.795-07:00

Michelle and I took a quick trip over to Tillamook and surrounding areas this week. It was, as always, a fun trip and we always see some great birds (for us at least).The weather didn't cooperate too much but there were some breaks from the rain storms and we tried to take advantage of them as much as we could. Here are some photos from the trip and we are already planning our next trip to the coast. There is a list of all the birds we identified at the end of the post.A Western Gull sits atop a post at the Memaloose boat ramp. We were on our way to the Bayocean spit when we decided to swing into the boat ramp parking lot. We were really glad we stopped! This is a Horned Grebe in breeding plumage just off of the dock.There were actually 5 or 6 Horned Grebes in this area.Here is a Common Loon in the same area. There were 6 of these birds, as well.A small flock of Black Turnstones. This is the only photo we got but they are another life list bird for us!A Red-Necked Phalarope. There were 2 of these little guys feeding just as you entered the spit.A view of Tillamook Bay.Another great find for us was this Red-Breasted Merganser. Yet another life lister.Yellow-Rumped Warblers abound!You couldn't look left or right without seeing a Yellow-Rumped Warbler.Another Western Gull posing (read: begging).A Turkey Vulture caught us off guard flying right over our heads.Birds we identified (51 species):Canada GooseMallardGreater ScaupBuffleheadRed-Breasted MerganserCommon LoonHorned GrebeWestern GrebeDouble-Crested CormorantBrandt's CormorantBlue HeronTurkey VultureOspreyBald EagleBlack TurnstoneNorthern HarrierRed-Shouldered HawkRed-Tailed HawkKestrelKilldeerRed-Necked PhalaropeWestern GullRing-Billed GullCaspian TernRock DoveMourning DoveAnna's HummingbirdRufous HummingbirdBelted KingfisherFlickerScrub-JayCrowRavenTree SwallowViolet-Green SwallowCliff SwallowBarn SwallowBlack-Capped ChickadeeRobinStarlingYellow-Rumped WarblerCommon YellowthroatSavannah SparrowSong SparrowWhite-Crowned SparrowGolden-Crowned SparrowJuncoRed-Winged BlackbirdBrewer's BlackbirdCowbirdHouse Sparrow[...]



Lincoln's Sparrow!

2011-04-24T12:17:45.457-07:00

This morning we found a Lincoln's Sparrow in the backyard! We have only had this visitor once before and that was when there was nearly 2 feet of snow on the ground a couple of winters ago.

Here are a couple of photos. It isn't letting us get very close but we are trying to get some better shots.

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Another shot of it.



Savannah Sparrow Yard Bird!

2011-04-22T08:16:50.030-07:00

For the first time ever, we have had a Savannah Sparrow in the backyard! We have seen it many times out in the field, but never in our own yard. It showed up last night and was back here bright and early this morning.

We also have the iBird app on our phones and when we play the Savannah Sparrow song, we get quite a few replies from a 1 or 2 block radius. Fun stuff!

The Savannah is in the middle surrounded by Juncos and White-Crowned Sparrows.
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This was about as close as we could get without it flying off.
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Hanging out in our Quince tree.
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Birding Adventures: An Introduction to Bird Watching

2011-04-14T10:20:27.362-07:00

The Friends of Tryon Creek State Natural Area are hosting guest speaker, and Wetlands Education Specialist, Sarah Pinnock (from Jackson Bottom Wetlands) on Tuesday, May 3rd from 6pm-8:30pm! This will be a great chance for those of you that are relatively new to birding to come out and be part of a discussion on an introduction to birdwatching. It will also be an opportunity for experienced birders to get a little refresher course (those never hurt) and to meet some folks that are new to the birding community. This event is completely free to attend!


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Free wine, beer, and other refreshments will be served (what is it about birders and their wine?)! It will be a fun and relaxed evening for all and a great learning experience for birders of all levels. You can read more about it here!

Tryon Creek Park is a hub of activity for a number of resident and migratory birds. With spring just around the corner, the park should be full of activity. If you have never been to the park, you should definitely schedule a day to visit!

Friends of Tryon Creek also have quite a few other birding-related events coming up in May. Here are some of the other events you can check out:

Workshop: Beginner Birding – April 28 (6 – 7:30 p.m.) and May 1 (8 – 11 a.m.). Cost is $6 ($5 for members)

Morning Bird Walk – May 2, 9 & 16, 7 – 9 a.m. Free.

International Migratory Bird Event: Go Wild! Go Birding! – May 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.

Family Event: A Celebration of Woodpeckers – May 15, 2 – 4 p.m. Free.

You can go here to see their complete calendar of events for any month!
Take care, good birding, and we hope to see you there!



2011 Festival of the Birds

2011-04-07T09:02:24.305-07:00

The 2011 Festival of the Birds is coming up this May 7, from 9am-3pm, and taking place at Sellwood Park - just above Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge (Portland's first designated Migratory Bird Park)! This is a great time for new and experienced birders alike to come out and enjoy a day devoted to wild birds!
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If you have never been it is a really great, family-friendly festival with guided bird walks (every half hour from 9am-2pm), booths, vendors, food, educational birds from the Audubon Society of Portland, storytelling, family activities, live music and more! It's quite a fun day and, best of all, it's completely free!

There is also a free, guided early bird walk on the day of the festival starting at 7:30am, however, registration is required. You can go here to pre-register for the walk!

Michelle and I, as NePo Suet Company, will be at the festival also. We will be offering Festival discounts on our suet. If you would like, stop by our booth and let us know you saw the blog and we will give you a 10% discount on your total purchase!

We hope to see you there and let's make this the biggest Festival of the Birds yet!



A few backyard photos

2011-04-04T09:24:32.145-07:00

We finally had a sunny (read: not rainy) day here in Portland! WooHoo! It has been so wet and yucky lately that we haven't been getting many photos. So yesterday we decided to get a few. Nothing spectacular but fun to look at anyway. We hope you enjoy!A Steller's Jay coming in for some of their favorite food!A Scrub-Jay testing each peanut to make sure it measures up to his standards. If it doesn't, he puts it back and keeps looking until he finds just the right one. Sometimes they even bring a peanut back and exchange it for a better one.Aha! I think we have a winner!A Robin contemplating a bath.The bath is a "GO", I repeat the bath is a "GO"!A female Red-Breasted Nuthatch looking as pretty as ever.The same Nuthatch deciding to grab a bite to eat.A Pine Siskin trying to figure out how to crack a black-oil sunflower shell with it's tiny beak.A Junco having an afternoon snack.Another Junco looking for that perfect sunflower seed.A Fox Sparrow singing away yesterday. There are two of them and this is the latest we have ever had them in the yard. Usually, they are here during the dead of winter and then they skedaddle. But this year, they have been hanging around and seem to be in courtship. We are hoping to see some baby Fox Sparrows in the near future!A Flicker trying to decide what to eat next.A female Downy Woodpecker grabbing some suet!A male Downy doing the same thing on the same feeder.Could Bushtits be any cuter? [...]



Ms. Ryder's First Grade Class

2011-03-30T15:06:15.695-07:00

Michelle and I were invited to speak at Willamette Primary by Ms. Ryder and her first grade class. She wanted us to speak to her class about bird watching and feeding. They have been learning about birds this whole year and have had a couple of field trips and even a visit from the Portland Audubon Society.
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We have never considered ourselves teachers (we still have a lot to learn!) but we looked forward to the opportunity to talk about birds. We were greeted by Ms. Ryder and her class and we were so happy to see the excitement in their faces! They immediately started asking questions about birds and looking at the different bird feeders and food we brought for the presentation. We also noticed outside of their classroom about 8 different bird feeders hanging nearby. They also had quite a few bird nests, eggs, and other bird related items in their classroom! It was so fun to see all of these young minds so inquisitive about birding. We did 2 presentations (one for Ms. Ryder's class and one for Ms. Lana's class). We heard some great bird stories and were surprised by the level of knowledge these first graders displayed! These young boys and girls will be outbirding us in no time at all!
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We had a wonderful time and we can't thank Ms. Ryder enough for inviting us! Thank you to all of the kids, in both classes, for such great questions and for making us feel so welcome! Keep up the good work!



Merlin and Flicker

2011-01-24T09:27:53.517-08:00

Looking through our photos that we took of the Merlin in our neighborhood 2 days ago, we discovered that a Northern Flicker was flying by at one point. We thought it was kind of a cool photo.

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Merlin

2011-01-22T10:17:10.927-08:00

We just saw a Merlin in NE Portland! This is the first time that we have seen this bird in our part of town. What a great treat!

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Ridgefield

2011-01-03T12:10:18.409-08:00

Michelle and I went on our annual New Year's Day birding trip. This time (as usual) we went to Ridgefield NWR. It was a bone chilling day but skies were mostly clear and there was some great birding going on. We have never seen so many Red-Tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, Blue Herons, or Bald Eagles all at the same time. They were everywhere.We also added a bird to our Life List! A Black Phoebe! It's a rare bird for Ridgefield and we felt very lucky to have seen it! Here are some other photos from the trip. We hope you enjoy!We identified 39 species. Species list is at the end of the post. Great start to the New Year!One of the many Red-Tailed Hawks we saw during the trip.Tundra Swans resting on the icy ponds.The Blue Herons were as thick as fog. We found several of the just standing in the road not seeming to have a care in the world!They all seemed quite willing to pose for some photos.We came upon this Heron just as it nailed the ground with fury. He then pulled out a Vole (we think anyway). He made quick work of the rodent.A couple of seconds later and down it went!Here is the Black Phoebe! At first, we thought it was a Slate-Colored Junco, but after watching it for a few minutes through the bins and hearing it's very distinctive call, we determined that it was in fact a Black Phoebe.5 juvenile Bald Eagles surveying the land for their next meal.A smattering of Tundra Swans with hundreds and hundreds of Northern Pintail. Here are 2 photos of an unidentified Hawk. It was slightly larger than a Kestrel. It's wings seemed to be rounded in flight. We only got this one back shot before it took off. We didn't recognize the pattern on the back.Here is a blown up version. The tip of it's beak seems to be light colored (yellow?). Any ideas? Species:Canada GooseCackling GooseTundra SwanWood DuckMallardShovelerPintailRing-Necked DuckGreater ScaupBuffleheadRuddy DuckPied-Billed GrebeCormorantBlue HeronBald EagleNorthern HarrierRed-Tailed HawkKestrelCootRed-Breasted SapsuckerDowny WoodpeckerFlickerBlack PhoebeSteller's JayScrub JayCrowBlack-Capped ChickadeeWhite-Breasted NuthatchBrown CreeperMarsh WrenRuby-Crowned KingletRobinStarlingSpotted TowheeSong SparrowGolden-Crowned SparrowHouse FinchLesser GoldfinchHouse Sparrow[...]



New York City Birding

2010-11-01T21:54:41.066-07:00

Michelle and I went to New York for 3 days last week. We were pretty busy but we did get to spend about 9 hours birding in Central Park. It was incredible! If you have never birded Central Park before, you should definitely plan to do so. We saw dozen of species and about half a dozen Life List birds! We also were lucky enough to see Pale Male (the Red-Tailed Hawk) and then Zelda (the wild Turkey) in Battery Park.Here are just some of the photos we took in no particular order. Let us know if you enjoy these! Have a great day and good birding!A Blue Jay (a life lister for us).Another Blue Jay posing for us! The fall colors were incredible.A Common Yellowthroat in the middle of NYC. This photo was actually taken on our way to Central Park. This little bird was in a small shrubby area in a huge plaza.Another Common Yellowthroat in Central Park. They were everywhere!A beautiful male Cardinal! Another lifer for us!Here is his gorgeous female counterpart. It was so cool to see these birds!Another male Cardinal. Just stunning birds.Another female Cardinal that let us get pretty close.An Eastern Phoebe, yet another life lister!A Golden-Crowned Kinglet grabbing some lunch.A Hermit Thrush. These guys were everywhere, too.And here he is...Pale Male! If you haven't heard about this most famous of Hawks, you should definitely read about him. It's a wonderful story!A Peregrine Falcon flying over us while we were walking down 5th Ave. We saw a few Peregrines during our trip.A Red-Breasted Nuthatch trying to find a place to hide his pine nut. This is a terrible photo, but it's the only one we got of a juvenile Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker! A life lister for sure! This is the only one we saw during our excursion.Here is a Red-Bellied Woodpecker. We saw a few of them and yet another added to our life list!A row of House Sparrows on a fence in the park. We have never seen so many House Sparrows as we did in NYC.A Red-Tailed Hawk sitting right above a woman who did not know it was there. Another Red-Tailed Hawk in the park. We just thought this would make a great photo.A juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk cleaning his beak after finishing off a squirrel.Here is the same juvenile Red-Tailed sitting on top of the aforementioned squirrel. He let us get pretty close. He wasn't going to let anyone take away his lunch!Here he is in another tree. We guess when a bird lives in NYC it gets pretty used to people everywhere.Another Golden-Crowned Kinglet eating some berries.A Ruby-Crowned Kinglet showing his beautiful plumage.Another Ruby-Crowned Kinglet in Central Park.A flock of Ruddy Ducks and the skyline.A Song Sparrow sitting pretty.A Tufted Titmouse! A life lister that we were really hoping to find! Such cute little guys!A White-Breasted Nuthatch digging for bugs. We rarely see them in Portland but they were all over Central Park.A Winter Wren coming out of its hidey-hole.Another Winter Wren just off one of the paths through the park.And here is Zelda, the wild Turkey that lives in Battery Park. We hadn't heard of Zelda before our trip so you can imagine our surprise when we came across her! [...]



A few photos

2010-10-25T10:40:39.637-07:00

Sorry that we haven't been posting lately! We have been crazy busy with our suet company and our community organization. We are going to be gone all week, so we wanted to post a few photos before we went. We're traveling to New York City this week, so when we get back we will post some east coast birdies! Hope you enjoy!

Also Scott Lukens, the owner of the Backyard Bird Shop chain here in the NW, was on Garden Time TV this week and he mentioned NePo Suet! Thanks Scott! You can watch the short video here: http://www.youtube.com/v/QIt7tcKnaKk

One of our resident male Anna's Hummingbirds on his favorite feeder.
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A Townsend's Warbler taking a quick bath.
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A small flock of Bushtits bathing together!
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A Brown Creeper in our Mountain Ash tree! This is a very rare visitor to the yard!

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A Ruby-Crowned Kinglet taking a dip!
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The first of season Spotted Towhee!



Exciting stuff!

2010-09-22T08:54:43.370-07:00

We're not sure how many of you know, but we (Michelle and I) also run a community organization called We've Got Time to Help. We have gathered a (ever expanding) group of unemployed volunteers that go out into our various communities and help those in their time of need. We have done all sorts of projects from roofing, plumbing, moving, yard work, etc. etc.

For every unemployed/underemployed person in Oregon, there is a person that is in need but can't afford to hire someone or can't (for myriad reasons) help themselves. That's where we come in, or try to.

Yesterday, we got the shock of a lifetime! We were awarded with one of the Huffington Post's top 100 Game Changers for 2010! We couldn't, and still can't, believe it. It is such a wonderful honor and, we think, undeserved. Arianna Huffington also talks about our group in her new book, "Third World America". It has been an incredible last couple of days.

If you would like to see our story, please go here. You can also vote for us on this page.

Thanks for stopping by and a huge thank you to all of our volunteers! Without so many of you, we could not have helped so many!



Northern Pygmy Owl!

2010-08-22T14:35:36.155-07:00

Yesterday, Michelle and I went out for our last training hike before climbing Mt. St. Helens next week. We chose to do the Elk Mountain/King's Mountain loop in the Tillamook National Forest. After we left the summit of Elk Mountain, about 500 feet down the trail towards King's Mountain, we came across a Northern Pygmy Owl just sitting on a tree stump! It was awesome to see and a Life List bird for us! Below are a couple of photos.

When we first was him (from about 100 yards away), we actually thought it was a Swainson's Thrush. But after walking a little closer, we could tell that it was an owl!
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It was great to have him/her just sit there and pose for us. We rarely ever find owls, let a lone such a tiny little guy!
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A few backyard photos

2010-08-15T16:20:08.953-07:00

The yard has definitely been getting busier over the last few weeks. Most of our regulars are in and the food is going quickly! Here are some photos from the last week. Hope you enjoy!A female Anna's Hummingbird making herself pretty..She lets us get pretty close to her. .The Anna's and the Rufous both enjoy all the flowers coming up.A juvenile White-Crowned Sparrow on our roof.This juvie White-Crowned Sparrow seems to have been adopted by our resident Song Sparrows. The juvie follows them around and seems to be begging from them. The Song Sparrows don't seem to mind a bit.Here is the White-Crowned Sparrow asking for some food from the Song.A male and female American Goldfinch with a House Finch sitting between them.A Red-Breasted Nuthatch enjoying some suet.We haven't seen very many Black-Headed Grosbeaks this year, but this female Grosbeak visits almost everyday. Here she is grabbing a drink from the drip line.Here she is grabbing some black-oil from underneath a feeder.This photo was taken from our Birdcam. The Flicker has just recently started using the birdbath. |More[...]



Long time, no post

2010-07-14T11:21:13.696-07:00

Sorry it took us so long to get a post up here. As some of you know, we are training to climb Mt. St. Helens in August. We spend almost all of our free time hiking and climbing or making suet for our company. We have hiked/climbed 5 mountains in the last 30 days. Most of the photos below are shots from our hikes, but to start things off, here are a couple from the yard.We hope everyone is having a great summer and we will try to get posts up more frequently.A fledgling Downy Woodpecker being taught where to eat by momma.Shortly after this photo was taken, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk came through the yard and we suspect the mom was taken by him. We haven't seen her since, but the juvie still visits everyday.A Towhee on the top of Angel's Rest in the Gorge.A Swainson's Thrush on our way to the top of Nesmith Point.A Cedar Waxwing the the top of Angel's Rest.A Flicker at Powell Butte.An Orange-Crowned Warbler on Angel's Rest.A Red-Breasted Sapsucker feeding babies at Powell Butte. We found 3 different Sapsucker nests at Powell Butte.A Violet-Green Swallow at the top of a very foggy Saddle Mountain.Another VG Swallow let us get pretty close.It's hard to see, but this is a White-Crowned Sparrow and a Violet-Green Swallow, also on Saddle Mountain.Another, closer, White-Crowned Sparrow.A Lazuli Bunting at Powell Butte.A Dipper on the trail at Wahkeena Falls.A Gray Jay on the trail to Nesmith Point.A group of 4 Gray Jays. We saw six at this spot, at least 3 were fledglings.A Hairy Woodpecker at the same spot as the Jays. A Raven saying hello at Wahkeena Falls.[...]



BirdLife International

2010-05-21T09:49:05.840-07:00

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We just learned of another wonderful birding organization that we wanted to let everyone know about. BirdLife International is a great group of people that are devoted to birds on a global scale. As their website states: "BirdLife is the world’s largest global alliance of conservation organizations that share a mission: to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity".
We read through their website and they do some amazing work. They have great stories, wonderful photos, and up-to-date news stories all concerning birds and conservation. They have started a new area on their website called BirdLife Community. They also have a new Flickr group that you can view and join and submit your own photos!

They have blogs, pictures, videos, and news stories all about birds! When you have a few minutes, you should really check them out.

We just joined their Flickr group and will be posting some of our backyard photos.

Take care and good birding,
Seth and Michelle

Source: www.birdlife.org/community



Koll Wetlands

2010-05-17T16:42:00.568-07:00

Yesterday, Michelle and I went to Koll Wetlands in SW Portland. It was a great day of birding with a couple of nice surprises. If you have never been to Koll, it’s definitely worth the trip. Here are some photos from our day. We hope you enjoy them!A male Wood Duck let us get pretty close to him. Amazing looking birds!It doesn't get much cuter than this. A female Wood Duck with her babies.A couple of different sets of Wood Ducks with a male in the middle. He must be very busy...Another female Wood Duck with her brood. The Wood Ducks were all over the wetland area.A male Wood Duck with a lone duckling.This Red-Winged Blackbird obviously had a nest close by. He told us in no uncertain terms that we were not welcome near this shrub.Great Blue Herons atop one of the many conifers surrounding the wetlands. Koll Wetlands actually has a Heron rookery in the SE edge of the park.Another Great Blue Heron flying back to the nest.Herons, Herons everywhere!This guy just looked picture perfect.See that head and neck in the center of the photo? That would be a nestling Great Blue Heron! What a fuzz ball!Here is another......and another. We think all of the nests had young ones in them. It was great fun to watch them!This Black-Capped Chickadee landed right above us. He/She was obviously heading back to the nest with some food. We tried to follow it, but it flew away too fast. This was a surprise for us. We found 2 Bald Eagles at Koll. One was this 2nd year and the other was a full adult.Here are the 2 Eagles in mid air.These Canada Goose were either fighting or trying to mate. They were really going at each other and making one heck of a ruckus. But, we did get a good look at Goose tongue.A pair of Red-Tailed Hawks near the water's edge. We scanned for a nest but didn't see one.A fledgling Junco below the tree the Herons are nesting in. Juncos definitely grow into their beauty.A pair of Sharp-Shinned Hawks were circling above us for quite a while.A lone Spotted Sandpiper finding some food.This Common Yellowthroat was going to town with his vocalizations!This last photo is from the yard. The Coopers Hawk is actually sitting on a Starling that it just took down. [...]



Sandy River Delta

2010-05-12T19:21:48.778-07:00

Michelle and I went out to the Sandy River Delta this morning and spent about 6 hours there. It was our first time to bird this area and what a trip it was! We saw four Life List birds and 46 species total! It was a great time and we hope you enjoy the photos.Lewis's Woodpecker! The sky was a drab gray, so we had to lighten the photo for you to be able to see any detail. Not a good photo, but you can definitely see what it is!Another of the Lewis's.One more just because we were so excited to see it! A Life List bird for us!Bullock's Oriole! They were everywhere. Every path we took we ran into more Orioles. It was great! Another Life List bird.A Yellow-Breasted Chat! This was another wonderful Life Lister for us!Singing away just off one of the many paths.A Green Heron trying to hide.Then he decided to come out for a little photo op.A Hermit Thrush let us get pretty close.A gorgeous Yellow-Rumped Warbler. [...]



Festival of the Birds and NePo Suet

2010-05-04T08:54:41.748-07:00

This coming Saturday, the 8th, at Sellwood Park (Oaks Bottom) from 9am-3pm, join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the City of Portland and Portland Audubon for a celebration of migratory birds! It's the Festival of the Birds!!

There will be guided bird walks, family activities, bird education, and booths for you to enjoy. The Portland Parks & Recreation Dept. has been kind enough to invite NePo Suet to have a booth at the festival. We are very excited to participate and to get the word out, to Portlanders, about our suet. Please come join the festivities, enjoy the fantastic birding, and learn about birds in our area. It will be great fun (and, hopefully, good weather)!

Please feel free to stop by our booth and say hi!

Hope to see you there,
Seth and Michelle
NePo Suet Company



Commonwealth Park

2010-07-26T11:57:34.661-07:00

We went to Commonwealth Park in Beaverton yesterday for a quick bird walk. The weather was pretty miserable, but the birding was awesome! We saw First of Year Osprey and Hutton's Vireo, as well as a ton of other birds. This is a great place to bird and is easy on the feet.Hope you enjoy!An Osprey takes a fish in the lake, scaring the you know what out of a flock of American Wigeons.The Osprey then flew right over our heads, carrying the fish.A Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Myrtle variety.This Cedar Waxwing flew into the tree we were standing under. It was great to see it so close up.A Coot displaying his wonderful feet for us.A Red-Tailed Hawk scanning for some lunch.There were a lot of Red-Winged Blackbirds all over the park.A Ruby-Crowned Kinglet flitting in and out the shrubs.A Song Sparrow trying to hide.This Song Sparrow living up to it's name. Yesterday's list (41* species):Canada GooseWood DuckGadwallEurasian WigeonAmerican WigeonMallardBuffleheadPied-Billed GrebeOspreyNorthern HarrierRed-Tailed Hawk*Possible* Rough-Legged HawkCootKilldeerRock DoveAnna's HummingbirdDowny WoodpeckerFlickerHutton's VireoSteller's JayScrub-JayCrowTree SwallowBlack-Capped ChickadeeBushtitRed-Breasted NuthatchBewick's WrenRuby Crowned KingletRobinStarlingCedar WaxwingYellow-Rumped Warbler (Audubon's and Myrtle)Spotted TowheeSong SparrowGolden-Crowned SparrowJuncoRed-Winged BlackbirdBrewer's BlackbirdHouse FinchLesser GoldfinchAmerican GoldfinchHouse Sparrow[...]



5th Annual Wings and Wine Festival

2010-04-06T11:25:16.662-07:00

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Good morning to all! Coming up on May 8th, 2010 is the 5th annual Fern Ridge Wings and Wine Festival! If you haven't been to this awesome event before, this is the year you should plan on going. It is about as much fun as you can possibly have! Let's see...wine + birds? Does it get much better?

At the Fern Ridge Wings and Wine Festival they have a ton of different activities going on all day long. All sorts of walks, classes, tours, and talks are scheduled. You can take a look at their events schedule here. This festival really is a lot of fun and they have activities for the whole family.

Some of the events do require pre-registration and a nominal fee, but again, all the events are well worth it. You can take a look at the events that require pre-registration and register for them here.

Michelle and I are really looking forward to attending the festival and we hope to see a lot of you there. If you see us walking around, please feel free to say hi!

Take care and good birding,
Seth and Michelle