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1830 Gainsborough Rd
London, ON, N6H 5L2
Canada

519-471-6870

London Ontario Bird Feeders, Bird Seed, and Gift store. We carry dog food & toys, bird houses, Squirrel Busters, candles, Batty's Bath, Bee by the Sea, and so much more. Come in and check us out! 

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Bird Feeders, Bird Seed, and Gift Shop located in London! Follow along with our News from the Store!

CANDLES, CANDLES, CANDLES!!

Richelle Hunter

We are starting out this Saturday on a rather damp note with temperatures expecting to drop at some point with a rain/snow mix expected. If you ask us, it is looking like a day, a weekend for CANDLES!  If you haven't been to our location, you will be amazed with the selection of Beeswax or Soy Wax Candles that we have to offer!! While it is extensive at the moment, be advised to shop early so you have the best chance to get the size, style, fragrance that you desire!

Soy Candles & Beeswax Candles available at Hyde Park Feed & Country Store

Soy Candles & Beeswax Candles available at Hyde Park Feed & Country Store

SEED LOGS AND PEANUT LOGS

Richelle Hunter

If you happen to be looking for a simple way to feed the birds, in addition to the feeders that you already have, or if you are just getting started at welcoming birds to your garden, you may want to check out our Seed or Peanut Logs!!  They can be easily hung from a shepherd's hook, etc. and are basically maintenance free!  Holders for the logs are also available. Excellent gift-giving idea too!!

Hairy Woodpecker lovin' the Peanut Log in our garden!

Hairy Woodpecker lovin' the Peanut Log in our garden!

FIRST SNOWFALL!

Richelle Hunter

Temperatures dropped....First snowfall of the season arrived last night!  We've got our heated bird bath set up & feeders filled as we know the cooler weather will bring more beautiful birds to the garden.  They will be searching out reliable food sources now and will know that they can count on us when needed.  Be sure to keep seed ports cleared of snow along with packing or clearing of snow below feeders for those looking for seed on the ground.

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RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME!

Richelle Hunter

Pretty much at any given time in our area of S.W. Ontario and beyond, the chances of seeing a Bald Eagle have increased in recent years. It is amazing to think that these beautiful creatures have re-established themselves, calling our area home!

After stopping at a crossroad yesterday,and driving slowly as we pulled away from a stop sign, we noticed a rather large bird in the sky, suddenly realizing it was a Bald Eagle! Luckily, we weren't in a busy place and were able to pull off the road to get a few shots of it in a very distant tree.

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WELCOME NOVEMBER!!

Richelle Hunter

It's definitely been a different fall....some beautiful leaves remain on the trees, warmer temperatures and some great bird sightings!! And it is November....wow!!

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FROSTY....BUSY FEEDERS!!

Richelle Hunter

Many birds have continued to find their food in the wild so feeders might not have been as busy during the month of October as you might have expected....until now!  We had a much cooler day yesterday and frost this morning. The result? LOTS of birds visiting the feeders!!

F House Finch & M Northern Cardinal at feeder filled with Safflower Seed!!

F House Finch & M Northern Cardinal at feeder filled with Safflower Seed!!

AMAZING OCTOBER WEATHER...WITH GREAT SIGHTINGS!

Richelle Hunter

Our summer weather in October has continued with a simply outstanding weekend of warm temperatures and great sightings!  Red-winged Blackbirds have been filling the trees, sightings of White-throated Sparrows, Eastern Bluebirds & others continue, while the amazing displays in the sky at sunset and sunrise would knock your socks off!  The leaf colour hasn't been the greatest but there are some good spots one can find! Enjoy your week!!

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JUNCOS NOW IN OUR GARDEN!

Richelle Hunter

Some folks reported Juncos in their gardens a week or so ago...we finally have them in ours as of yesterday, Thursday, Oct. 19!! This morning there are a few more providing some great entertainment as they chase each other through the yard. They are wonderful visitors around the feeders, often referred to as the "snowbird"!!

Dark-eyed Junco "snowbird"

Dark-eyed Junco "snowbird"

A FEW COOLER DAYS...PLAID IS IN!

Richelle Hunter

Temperatures this fall have been on a bit more of a roller coaster than usual and it looks as though the trend may continue for a bit yet! It is often difficult to know what to wear on a cooler morning, especially if the temperatures are fairly mild later on in the day.  As well, whether you are spending time around a campfire, in a hockey rink, or running out for groceries, these ponchos/wraps/capes might prove to be the perfect solution for a simple, extra layer! Other items also available!

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JUNCOS ARE HERE!!

Richelle Hunter

We have had reports of Juncos in our area....yesterday and this past Saturday!  When these lovely birds return to our area from their nesting grounds further north, we know it is a sure sign that the seasons are changing or will be changing. Juncos are often seen below feeders or on the forest floor, but are also regular visitors to feeders throughout the fall & winter season with one of their favourite seeds being White Millet. If you didn't know, Dark-eyed Juncos are one of the most common birds throughout North America...and a feeder favourite of so many!!

Dark-eyed Junco January 2017

Dark-eyed Junco January 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!

Richelle Hunter

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, a wonderful holiday weekend!!
We're open today 9 to 5, Closed Sunday & Monday
THANKS for supporting local ~
A few other items that you may not know that we have or that have just arrived.....
LOCAL GARLIC - from Komoka
LOCAL PORK including chops, bacon, sausage -
from "The Whole Pig" - Dashwood
(Last night, we enjoyed more delish chops on the BBQ...conveniently offered in a packages of 2!)
CLOVERMEAD HONEY - You probably know we have this yummy honey...did you know we have their RAW HONEY??!!

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HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS

Richelle Hunter

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Hawk Cliff this past weekend - the Monarch and Raptor presentations were excellent! All attendees were delighted to learn about the life cycle and stages of the Monarchs, then were treated to tagging and release demonstrations...how special!! Following this, we were introduced to an American Kestrel, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Northern Harrier. Once the presentation and question/answer segment concluded, many took advantage of closeup photo opportunities then also saw the birds released! The event continues this coming Saturday & Sunday!

American Kestrel during the presentation at Hawk Cliff during Hawk Cliff Weekends!

American Kestrel during the presentation at Hawk Cliff during Hawk Cliff Weekends!

DOWNY WOODPECKER FUN

Richelle Hunter

You just never know what the birds in the garden might be up to until you take a wander around. Last week, we noticed some movement in one of our birdhouses. Somebody was inside and occasionally sticking their head out the entrance hole. Figuring it was probably a House Sparrow, when we investigated further, we were quite surprised to see a cute Downy Woodpecker providing the entertainment!  It was definitely a fun surprise on a September day!

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HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS

Richelle Hunter

September is a great month for many wonderful events, including but not limited to, fall migration festivals!! One of these is coming up ~ HAWK CLIFF WEEKENDS at Hawk Cliff near Port Stanley, Ontario. Here's the details from the website of Thames Talbot Land Trust, one of the partners ~

"This annual event has been hosted for over 40 years by the St Thomas Field Naturalists Club (STFNC), Hawk Cliff Raptor Banders, and volunteers of Monarch Watch. Thames Talbot Land Trust is pleased to be a partner on this event again this year."

"The Hawk Cliff Weekends is a free outdoor event taking place on September 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th from 11am-3:30pm each day. Come out and celebrate the amazing fall migration in a beautiful setting at Hawk Cliff Woods."

"Highlights include":

  • Twice daily Hawk Talks by STFNC and Hawk Cliff Raptor Banders
  • Twice daily Monarch Butterfly talks by STFNC and volunteers of Monarch Watch
  • Guided hikes led by Thames Talbot Land Trust
  • Native plant gardening workshops
  • A special presentation about Ontario's snakes and turtles, by Sssciensational Snakes!
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