Sunday, September 30, 2012

New Product!

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! 

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Friday, August 10, 2012

A long time coming

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.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Been away for a while...

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 bath

A Bushtit getting ready to take off after grabbing
 some suet

Townsend's and Black-Throated Gray Warblers

3 Warblers bathing at one time! Orange-Crowned,
Black-Throated Gray and Townsend's!

Same 3 little guys

3 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 hikes

A Hermit Warbler on the same hike

White-Crowned Sparrow on top of Saddle Mt

Evening Grosbeaks fighting over some seed. We think
 that is a House Sparrow in front of them

An Orange-Crowned Warbler in the yard
(not in the living room)

Evening Grosbeaks gathered for some dinner

A female Western Tanager grabbing some suet

Here she is again

We don't think the Evening Grosbeaks liked sharing,
 but no body seemed to want to speak up

A Band-Tailed Pigeon in flight

Evening Grosbeaks waiting for the bird bath

Another Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeaks on the right and a solitary
 Black-Headed Grosbeak to the far left

A female Evening Grosbeak

One of our resident Anna's Hummingbirds in our
 front yard

It really likes the maple tree in the front of the house

Another Anna's eating from the Fringecup

A beautiful male Robin

A Yellow-Rumped warbler pretending to be a

Yellow-Rumped Warbler grabbing some suet

Every spring we get Anna's Hummingbirds grabbing
bits of dryer lint for their nesting material

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tillamook trip

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 Goose
Greater Scaup
Red-Breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-Crested Cormorant
Brandt's Cormorant
Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Black Turnstone
Northern Harrier
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-Necked Phalarope
Western Gull
Ring-Billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Tree Swallow
Violet-Green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-Capped Chickadee
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-Crowned Sparrow
Golden-Crowned Sparrow
Red-Winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Sparrow

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