Archive for July, 2018

August 2018 Featured Products: Wedding Gifts, Hand-Painted Pottery, Chokecherry Jelly, Sarah Dragan Pottery

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Hand-Painted Pottery

Sarah Dargan Small Pie Dish

Birds & Beasleys has a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts perfect for a wedding! From hand-painted pottery to oil paintings to chokecherry jelly, you are sure to find what you need this summer at Birds & Beasleys. Come by and see us this August!

Sarah Dargan Pottery: Birds & Beasleys has a wide variety of  pottery including honey jars, ice cream dishes, and pie plates. All of her work is high-fired in a gas reduction kiln. It is food, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

Wood Cutting Boards: Handcrafted from cherry and maple wood with walnut inlay. Made by skilled Montana craftspeople who take pride in their work. Contrary to popular opinion, wooden cutting boards are more sanitary than plastic.

Pottery from Montana Artists: Birds & Beasleys carries pottery from many local artists such as Terry Hill, Susan Carroll, Whitney Mitchell, Brandon Hudyma, and Cindy Eve.

Gourmet Snacks and Treats: From Kornutopia’s specialty popcorn to Montana made treats and treats from the Huckleberry People. Birds & Beasleys offers all different types of gourmet snacks including High Mountain’s Wild Chokecherry Jelly. Chokecherries are wild, hardy, tart berries with a distinctive flavor makes it a favorite for home jam and jelly makers.

Art: Oil Paintings from local artist Ann Patterson Bishop, Wooden Tree Sculptures by John Thompson, garden art by Dave Lawson. Come check our one-of-a-kind pieces!

Let’s Ask Sandy: Episode 15 – Where Did Hummingbirds Go?

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Wondering where the hummingbirds went? Birds & Beasleys owner, Sandy Shull, explains hummingbird behavior and how to best maintain your nectar feeder. Come visit us this weekend! Open Saturday and Sunday.

Hi! I’m Sandy from Birds & Beasleys. Today’s questions is, what happened to my hummingbirds? Where are they? Where did they go? What should I do? Well, there’s probably a couple of things going on.

The birds are probably fine. They are migrating, they are either going to pass through or they are coming back down. Or maybe they knew it was cold and icky in June and they’re waiting. Hard to say. My guess is that there is good foliage out there, there’s lots of flowers, lots of nectar. The birds are probably eating naturally, they don’t need to depend on a feeder. So when we say it’s a good hummingbird year, it’s because the birds are coming to our feeder because it is a poor natural food time. If it was a poor hummingbird year for us, it means great flowers, not so much a push to the feeders. So, that’s one issue.

The other thing is what’s going on now is that the heat is coming in. The time to really watch your nectar, look at your nectar, see if it’s cloudy, change it often, it might be as much as every day or two. If you start to see it get a little cloudy, turn it, because the birds will not eat it if it has fermented.

Lastly, what else happens in the summer, ants come in. Ants come down, they stay on a trail, they come off a hook down a wire, into the moat. If you put a moat in and put some water, the ants will drown, it will keep them off your feeder. But if the ants can jump on your feeder, they will. Also, think about maybe vaseline on your hook. That will help deter ants. And finally, if you start to get bees, get the product Skin So Soft, AVON Skin So Soft, which we carry and you might have it in your drawer. Put a little bit on your finger, rub it over the holes, that helps deter wasps and bees from coming in on your feeder. So, if you have any other questions, call us down at Birds & Beasleys.

Let’s Ask Sandy: Episode 14 – Summer Heat – It’s Hot Out There

Friday, July 13th, 2018

The forecast calls for SUMMER. Birds & Beasleys owner Sandy Shull is here to show you how to help your backyard birds cope with hot, dry days. Stay hydrated out there! #wildbirds #birdbaths

Hi! I’m Sandy with Birds & Beasleys. Today, we are talking about what happens with hot weather. What happens to birds, what happens to animals, what happens to people.

Well, the simple thing is water. Everybody needs water. Even Downtown Walking Mall has water now. So, what I want you to do is think about a bird bath. Is it full? Is it clean? What am I wanting to do?

So, birds are wanting to come. There’s a lot of young birds out there right now learning to fly and they need water to survive. So, fill your bird bath. I encourage you to take a rock or a piece of wood and put it in your bird bath so that if the bird falls in, they can swim over to it and get out. Sometimes bird baths are too deep, so don’t make them too deep, add rocks if you need to.

The other thing is my bird bath is getting green or my bird bath is getting red. That is algae. This time of year the algae is starting to grow. Get a brush. We have great brushes at Birds & Beasleys or get a brush. Scrub it out. Flick the water out, put fresh water in. A little bit of bleach, like I would say just about a glug. Let it sit a little bit, I would cover it so the birds can’t use it. Let it sit for a half-hour, an hour, so it kills the algae. Take off the lid, put more water in it. Toss it on. With that dilution, it will not hurt the grass and it will help kill the algae. So again, when it’s hot, algae grows, just keep your bath clean. The cleaner the bath is, the healthier the birds are. Thanks for checking with Birds & Beasleys!

Closed 4th of July

Friday, June 15th, 2018
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4th of JulyWe are closed on Wednesday, July 4th , 2018. We hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Independence Day Fun Facts:

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

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