Eugene, Oregon

Barbara & Dan Gleason

Barbara & Dan Gleason

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Eugene, Oregon

2510 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97405

Phone: (541) 844-1788
Fax: (541) 844-1732
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thurs - Thurs: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun - Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Eugene's Wild Bird and Nature Experts... Call us about monthly seminars, bird walks, and any wild bird questions...we're all about the birds!

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

Hummingbird

So Much to Know About Hummingbirds!

Spring is a much anticipated time when we hope to glimpse these smallest of our backyard-winged visitors. Hummingbirds are some of the most anticipated birds to visit our yards. And why not? These littlest jewels of the backyard have some of the biggest personalities.

Hummingbirds are small, weighing 1/10th of an ounce; about the weight of a penny. They also lay the world’s smallest bird egg; about the size of a blueberry, or the shape and size of a coffee bean.

For such a little bird, hummingbirds can be very feisty and aggressive when defending their territories; which includes nectar feeders. Multiple feeders, spread throughout your yard, will encourage more hummingbirds to visit and keep bullies at bay. The more feeders you offer and the more spread out they are, the more difficult it is for a protective hummingbird to defend all the feeders. Others, like females or even juveniles, will be able to eat more often, perhaps staying longer to feed or rest at feeders.

Speaking of feeders, these little birds have big appetites. Hummingbirds eat about every ten minutes and their diet is not made up entirely of nectar. They spend more than 25% of their time foraging for small spiders and insects to obtain essential amino acids and other nutrients.

Hummingbirds use their bill and not their tongue to catch prey while they forage near the ground and in trees. They love spiders and spider eggs and keep an eye out for small flying insects like midges, fruit flies and gnats. They also check leaves and branches for leaf hoppers, aphids and even the occasional small caterpillar.

Our little hummingbirds are deceptively big on speed. They often seem to explode away from a feeder like a dragster. They typically fly at 30-45 miles per hour (48-72 kph), but can fly up to 60 mph (96 kph). They can even hover and are the only birds able to regularly fly backwards and even occasionally upside down. They can do this because of an extremely mobile shoulder joint.

Be a seasonally savvy bird feeder by installing multiple hummingbird nectar feeders around your yard to draw in these little birds with the big personalities. Visit our store and we'll help you pick out everything you need to attract hummingbirds to your backyard.

 

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Seminar: Hummingbirds
with Dan Gleason

Sun., June 4 – 4:30pm & Mon. June 5, 5:30pm

Which hummingbirds do we have here?
What strategies do they use to survive in sometimes difficult situations.

Join us in June as Dan Gleason examines the lives of hummingbirds, from which species are in our area
to details about their lives and strategies for survival.
 
We all love hummingbirds and are fascinated by their amazing flight abilities. Their brilliant, iridescent colors make them stand out, despite their small size. Hummingbirds may seem small and fragile, but many are surprisingly hardy and live 10-12 years. There are over 330 hummingbird species, all found only in the Americas. Come to our presentation on hummingbirds and learn about their variety, their diet, how they fly and much, much more. You will be amazed by the many unique adaptations and find hummingbirds even more fascinating than you imagined.
 
Dan Gleason, co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, is a biologist who spent 30 years on the faculty of the department of biology at the University of Oregon.  While there, he taught the field ornithology course, a senior and graduate-level course about birds and bird biology. He has assisted many non-profit organizations, sch as the McKenzie River Trust, Cascades Raptor Center, and Lane County Audubon Society, leading field trips and assisting with education. He has held various board positions with Lane County Audubon Society, Oregon Field Ornithologists (now Oregon Birding Association), and the Eugene Natural History Society. Dan has been a frequently-invited speaker at bird festivals and nature-oriented organizations across the Pacific Northwest.

Sign Up in the store or by calling: 541-844-1788

Shown above, male Anna's Hummingbird, sitting on a branch in our back yard.

 

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Gift Ideas for Father's Day: Sunday June 18

 
Ornaments • Bird Clocks • Rusty Birds & Trellises
Oregon-made Jewelry, Suet Feeders, Bird Baths
 

Hand-made Felt Bird Ornaments by Tanya Harvey

Locally-made Redwood Suet Feeder by Eric Zemper
Rusty Bird Branches, Birds and Trellises
Bird Baths from Simple to Decorative

 

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Colorful, hand-blown glass Hummingbird Feeders

 

These feeders just arrived to attract your neighborhood hummingbirds.

Easily cleaned, with removable red glass flowers, these
lovely feeders make perfect gifts.