Archive for May, 2018

Let’s Ask Sandy: Episode 10 – Hummingbird Gas Stations-Part 2

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Birds and Beasleys owner Sandy Shull is back with more information about feeding hummingbirds at your house. She tells you what to look for in a feeder, how to fill it, and how to care for it so your backyard birds stay healthy!

Hi! This is Sandy with Birds & Beasleys. I still want to tell you about a few hummingbird things.

“What kind of feeder should I get?” is a good question. There are lots of feeders out there, there are a lot of beautiful feeders out there. Let me tell you what to look for. We think you should pick a feeder with perches. There is an ongoing controversy with perches versus non-perches. We like perches because the birds will come in, they’ll land on the perch and feed, you’ll get to see them. Others believe that they should feed naturally because flowers don’t have perches. We, of course, want you to see them. That is number one.

The other one is we like a reservoir feeder like this one. So that the food is down here and when the wind blows they don’t drop. There are some beautiful feeders out there that have a little dripper, but what we find is that when they get swinging it gets to be a bubble in there, which then means you get ants and bees. For us, this reservoir one is really easy. This is my favorite feeder, it’s called the Fast Feeder. It’s not the most beautiful feeder, but it’s the easiest feeder. It comes apart, it’s very easy to clean, the plastic is good, you fill up the feeder about this full, you swing it on, you walk outside upside down so you don’t drip nectar in your kitchen. As you walk outside, you flip it really quick and hang it in the tree. Keep it up for a couple of days, when the fluid becomes cloudy or you see some mold in there, it is definitely time to change it. This time of year, you don’t need to change it as often, but in the summer, you might be changing it daily if the heat gets to it.

Then, if you’re really really patient, we have a little handheld one, you can put a little feeder nectar in there. Stand out, I say with a nice cold drink, sit in your chair, have a drink, and feed some birds. Thanks for calling Birds & Beasleys! Call us if you have any questions about hummingbirds.

Closed Memorial Day

Friday, May 25th, 2018
May ’18

Birds & Beasleys will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th. Enjoy this time to be with your family and friends.

Birds & Beasleys wants to say thank you to all who are currently serving our country or have served previously. We are very grateful.

June 2018 Featured Products: Cathy Weber Birds, Hummingbird Feeders, & more!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
Hummingbird Feeder

Ruby Glass Hummingbird Feeder

Looking for a fun purchase this summer? Many unique summer products are available at Birds & Beasleys! Check out our featured products, including hummingbird feeders, ceramic birds, and wooden quilts, for the month of June. Stop by Birds and Beasleys sometime during the month of June to see the featured products. Learn more about the different products below.

Ruby Glass Hummingbird Feeder: Birds & Beasleys has new glass hummingbird feeders available. These feeders are easy to clean, fill, and hang and won’t break the bank. See our other hummingbird feeders here.

Cathy Weber Ceramic Birds: Cathy Weber is a beloved Helena ceramicist and creates beautiful ceramic art pieces. Her ceramic birds would be a wonderful gift to any bird lover. Take a look at some of Cathy’s ceramic birds here.

Beth Cummings Quilts: Beth Cummings creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork. Beth’s quilts are ready to hang and would be a lovely piece of artwork in your home.


Let’s Ask Sandy: Episode 9 – Hummingbird Gas Station

Friday, May 18th, 2018

The hummingbirds are back! Our customers often call with questions about how to feed and what to feed these delightful visitors. Sandy Shull is the font of all bird-related knowledge. So we say, let’s ask Sandy!

Hi! I’m Sandy with Birds & Beasleys. Today we are talking about hummingbirds and hummingbird feeders. We have had many questions coming our way here lately.

The first is: Are hummingbirds here? Yes, they are. They’ve arrived! We have seen them in town. We have heard about them up in Grizzly Gulch. So, put your feeder out there, it is time to get them out and get those little birds refueled from their long trip. Some of them may still be migrating on North, so they may just be using yours as a fuel station or a gas station. So, put your feeders up, it’s time.

The next question is: What do I put in my feeder? It’s a ratio of sugar water. It is four cups of water to one cup of sugar. Any kind of ratio thereof. It might be two cups of sugar, eight cups of water. Put it together, put it on the stove, boil it really quick so it dissolves. Let it cool. Put it in your fridge and then let it fill up your feeder as you go. You don’t need to fill up your feeders all the way this time of year, fill them up just a little bit until the birds really start coming. We will see most of our birds in June and July, but right now there are some hungry birds out there so get your feeder out.

Birds & Beasleys 20th Anniversary Video

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

This video is from the 20th Anniversary of Birds & Beasleys in 2013. 2018 is the 25th Anniversary of Birds & Beasleys opening. We are very grateful for such wonderful customers and a great community surrounding us over the past 25 years. Thank you all for the love and support. Enjoy the video from our 20th Anniversary.

For events, I come to the store and then I sit here and really I want to go home. It was a gutsy move. I wouldn’t have had the guts to do it, but Sandy did. Sandy put it all together and full speed ahead and here we go you know because you look at the floor space and you have to fill that up. Some good days and some bad days and then you forget about the bad days and look at all the good and all the people around.

Mom started the store about 20 years ago this month at Birds & Beasleys over on Park Avenue. A year and a half ago, we moved up to this location, tripled the space, and I thought, we need to have a party about it. So, we invited some raptors down, we invited mom down, we got a new book for her as we took all of her current illustrations and put them in a journal and we are selling that today and she is signing them. It is about a one hundred page journal, it could be used as a travel log, a birding guide, someone just said: “Hey, how about recipes?” And it is just a fun time to celebrate. We have lots of people coming who are first-time customers. I had someone talk to me yesterday and said “Oh, I used to come down with my granddaughter. We used to visit the Cockateal and you guys.” I said, “How old is your granddaughter now?” And she said, “Twenty-three.” And I went, “Oh, we have been here a long time!”

We started 20 years ago and people have been coming in all these years. It is not just a wild bird seed supply house, it’s also an art gallery, and now we even have Montana food out which is very very nice and it has just been an incredibly wonderful time with this business over all these years. We had been in business for almost four years when Ray and I suddenly thought about our daughter Sandy because I am illustrating and writing the whole time, it was really hard for me to do. I would go home at night and work on those things. So, we called Sandy about that and she called back about a half-hour later and she said, “Yes, I want to come.” So this has been wonderful because Sandy basically runs it now and I am only here on Mondays and it has just been marvelous. I am still working on this bird book, I still have quite a few pages to go. Hopefully, I will be through soon because I am 83 now, going on 84, and I am still no cavities, no arthritis, I am a very lucky lady.

This is a journal you can write in, it has all of my paintings over here. It is just a lot of fun. And I not only just do it by birds, I do animals and people and everything else and just have a lot of fun. It is a fun journal that just came out, Sandy has just put this out and it has really been very nicely done and like here is how it will be in the book. Here is the Bohemian Waxwing and the Cedar Waxwing painted together to show you how, that’s why we did the book this way. Now, you can tell them apart and it will be a lot of fun once we are finished because it is going to be a lot, a lot of paintings. I still have quite a few paintings to do for it and I paint these with colored pencil. I use all kinds of mediums, I started using colored pencil about a year ago. I just love it and it’s just really nice. It’s hard to believe I use colored pencil. Once in a while I use a little acrylic on it, but not very much. I just thoroughly enjoy my artwork and I have been doing this since I was in Kindergarten. Imagine I have been doing this all these years and here I am now, 83 and I will be 84 in February and I just have a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoy it, I am a lucky lady.

I first met Sandy and Jackie when I came to help out at the store, in 1997 or 1998, somewhere around there. We were neighbors with Sandy’s sister, so we have known them for a long time and we have become really good friends, it is fantastic. We were part of a crew that helped with the migration from the old building over to here. That was such a fun occasion to see over 100 people helping out and doing that. The new space is excellent.

I think that Birds & Beasleys, it has been open 20 years and it has just been marvelous. If our daughter Sandy Shull hadn’t joined us, we would have closed by then and we have ten lovely ladies who are with us also. We are very very fortunate.

Beth Cummings and Birds & Beasleys supporting Helena Food Share

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Beloved Helena artist Beth Cummings dropped of eight new quilts! Beth upcycles treasures and reclaimed materials, creates wooden “quilts,” and when you buy one, kids in the Helena community get to go home with nourishing meals thanks to you, Beth, and Helena Food Share. Come see them up close. You’ll notice something clever and beautiful with each glance.

Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts at Birds & Beasleys

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Trying to find the right Mother’s Day gift for mom? Birds & Beasleys is here to help! Watch the video to see some of the many products available at Birds & Beasleys to help you celebrate your mom. Stop by the store to take a look at some of these products.

Last Chance Stream Restoration: Backhoes, shovels, and dirt, oh my!

Monday, May 7th, 2018

The City of Helena, Local Government crew, on the Walking Mall restoring Last Chance Stream to its above-ground home. The Four Georgians first discovered gold on the gulch in 1864. What treasures might you discover when you come to the Gulch?



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