Eastern Bluebird, from The Audubon Shop, the best shop for birders, Madison CT

Jerry and the Audubon Shop Crew often joke that during the bird-centric season of spring we should have 2 options on our answering system: “Press 1 if a woodpecker is banging on your house and waking you up in the morning” “Press 2 if a (insert Cardinal, Robin, Mockingbird, Bluebird) is pecking on your window…

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Aspects Little Fancy Hummingbird Feeder, available at The Audubon Shop, the best shop for bird watchers, Madison CT

Wherever you live in the US you’ll have opportunities to see and attract hummingbirds, one of our favorite spring migrants here in CT. A bird that weighs well under 1 oz., yet has the energy to migrate hundreds of miles never ceases to fascinate us. With their all-too-short visits here in the north, their aerial…

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Pileated Woodpecker female, on a bird walk with The Audubon Shop, the best shop for birders, Madison, CT

Spring is the time of renewal in the natural world in much of North America. The month of March finds many bird migrants winging their way back into the north from Central and South America, to nest. Our year-round resident birds are busy, too.  Just take a listen out the window on a March morning…

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Vortex Binocular Tripod Adapter, available at The Audubon Shop, the best shop for bird watchers, Madison CT

We are open 7 days a week except for major US holidays listed below   Normal Weekly Hours Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 12-4pm During the month of December we stay open until 6pm. ◊   As most of you neighbors know, if you drive up after hours and the lights are on, we’re here so…

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It’s Spring! Eastern Phoebes are back in CT singing their telltale song, Killdeer can be seen especially down along the shore, Osprey are coming in, Bald Eagles are nesting, Great Horned Owls should be well into caring for young and….it’s time to get OUTSIDE! This spring we’re offering two weekly bird walks – Thursday and…

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A World on The Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds, available at The Audubon Shop, the best shop for bird watchers, Madison CT

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds is an exhilarating exploration of the science and wonder of global bird migration. Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork, in A World on the Wing author Weidensaul unveils with dazzling prose the miracle of nature taking place over our heads. An epic reflection on…

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Nothing excites us more than introducing kids to nature, and giving names to all of the things they see right outside in their own yards. We all were inspired to notice nature by someone in our lives, whether it was a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle, or a fun scout leader or teacher. We’ve…

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Wrap Around Squirrel Baffle, available at The Audubon Shop, the best shop for nature lovers, Madison CT

Squirrels…if they only knew that a whole industry has arisen devoted to keeping them off of bird feeders. A little cooperation would be appreciated, guys… Over the past 33 years we here at The Audubon Shop have tried and tested many types of bird feeders and squirrel baffles, and have come up with some great…

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Hummingbird Feeders, available at The Audubon Shop, the best store for birders, Madison, CT

In early June we start fielding phone calls at the shop about hummingbirds’ arrival here in CT, as in: “Where are MY hummingbirds?” We are often so enthusiastic about seeing them again – a signal in April that winter is finally over! People recall seeing swarms of them at flowers and nectar feeders during the…

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North American Warblers Fold Out Guide, at The Audubon Shop, the best shop for birdwatchers, Madison CT

•   As the earth rotates and we in the northern hemisphere start enjoying longer hours of daylight, there’s a shift in bird behavior, too. Our ancestors likely studied birds and came to understand that they were valuable to watch, as signalers of the earth’s rhythms. •    One such behavior is singing. Volumes have been written…

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