Welcome to another Portland blog and happy weekend! It is frozen solid out there or dang close. At 8am, the ground was frost covered and the birds were out in droves on the feeders. One of my two Anna's hummingbirds was at the feeder and several squirrels were on the hunt made easy by corn cobs strewn about. While he would have been mightily entertained, Mauser the cat who has an aversion to the cold, was upstairs on his homemade cat tree, snoring away.
It's this time of year that I make sure there is fresh water in the hanging birdbath and that the feeding stations are stocked with high protein nuts and seed. The squirrels get nuts and corn and help themselves to the bird feeders no matter what obstacle is placed in their way. This actually works well for the birds as the squirrels knock food to the ground and more birds can feed at one time.
The hummingbirds have several feeders and being as territorial as they are, fight dramatically over each one and eat their way through large amounts of sugary water every week. There are times when I see them hit the feeders ten or more times an hour, resting on a vine-like branch above the feeder between feedings. The backyard has been landscaped with hummingbirds in mind and feeding them across the seasons is easy if you plan ahead. A hummingbird favorite and Oregon state flower, the Oregon Grape, is about to blossom. The blooms smell incredible and are magnets for hummingbirds. Maintaining a steady natural food source is important, especially for the Anna's, as they do not migrate like other birds. That's right! We have one hummingbird that lives in Oregon year round, no matter the weather.
If you're a bird lover, take a moment to read the Audubon Society of Portland's guide for caring for birds in your backyard. If you've never been to the Audubon Society, go! They are an amazing local resource for bird care and education. Kids of all sizes and ages -even those of us who are no longer technically "kids"- will love it.
Oregon Grape by PDX Nature Nut
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is of the ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo by Michael Barton. The Zoo Lights is an annual event at the Oregon Zoo and is a wonderful tradition for celebrating the holidays in Portland. "See the zoo transformed into a winter wonderland, aglow with a million lights. More than 200 animated animals swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they're least expected. Displays include swinging monkeys, leaping frogs, flying bats, diving penguins and a perfect-for-photos light sculpture featuring a dozen animals." The Portland Oregon Zoo Lights event is much anticipated each year, and children will delight in the sparkling lights, animated displays, and zoo trains. Learn more about the Zoo Lights.
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner receives a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Our giveaway for the month of December is a $20 gift certificate to Coava Coffee Roasters. If you've not been to their incredible roastery and tasting room, stop reading now and go. There is a reason why the New Yorker and The New York Times keep a regular pulse on the happenings at Coava...they are amazing and truly unparalled. Read all about the Portland coffee scene and learn more about coffee, what makes a great cafe and who the cafe rockstars are in our fair PDX.
Portland Nights: A beautiful journey through Portland.
Featured Portland Events
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar for free (pleased read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
December 8, 2011 at 7pm to January 1, 2012 at 2pm –Imago Theatre ZOOZOO In Portland for the holiday season with the World Premiere of "Cats!" Imago brings to life the antics of our everyday household cat in a not so everyday way. Don't miss the premiere of "Cats!"…Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre
November 2, 2011 at 10am to January 22, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Ghost Ships is a trio of actual sailboats that have been reconfigured and programmed by the artist to periodically unfurl sails, pivot rudders, and simulate navigation. The sailboats will seem to sai…
December 10, 2011 all day – Pioneer Courthouse Square 21st Annual Tuba Christmas Concert Presented by SmartPark | 1:30pmDowntown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as over 200 tubas play in unison for the 21st Annual TubaChristmas Concert i…Organized by Pioneer Square | Type: tuba christmas
December 15, 2011 from 8am to 8pm – Hillsdale Shopping Center 3rd Thursday in Hillsdale, stores open until 8 p.m. next late shopping day is Thursday, December 15 Enjoy Hillsdale late every Third Thursday of the month. Hillsdale shops are open late with Great…Organized by Hillsdale Main Street | Type: shopping, late,in, hillsdale
November 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012 – "Oregon Zoo" Annual holiday lights display at the Oregon Zoo! Celebrate the holiday season amid the sparkling lights and brilliant hues of ZooLights.* More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a…Organized by Zoo Lights | Type: zoo lights
November 25, 2011 at 4pm to January 1, 2012 at 4pm – Alberta Main StreetAlberta Main Street presents Tannenbaum Madness Tannenbaum Madness is a walking window tour of whimsical, wacky and artistic trees. Over 30 Alberta Street businesses are creating sights not to be mis…Organized by Alberta Main Street | Type: holiday, fun
December 18, 2011 from 11am to 5pm – The Acadian Ballroom Date(s): Sunday, December 18th, 2011 Time(s): 11am - 5pm Location The Acadian Ballroom 1829 Northeast Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211 Details Date(s): Sunday, December 18th, 2011 Time(s): 11am - 5…Organized by Jackie Imdahl and Merritt Massuch | Type:holiday, art/craft, fair
December 17, 2011 from 2pm to 4pm – Goose Hollow The award-winning Portland Symphonic Girlchoir shines in its 23rdSeason, Pure Joy! Ranging in age from 5 to 18, the young artists of the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir captivate audiences with their…Organized by Roberta Jackson and Deb Burgess | Type:holiday, concert
December 7, 2011 at 8pm to December 10, 2011 at 11pm – Helium Comedy ClubJon Dore from IFC's "The Jon Dore Television Show""The Jon Dore Television Show" on IFC and on Variety's "10 Comics to Watch" list. See him LIVE at Helium Comedy Club!Wednesday, December 07 @ 8:00…Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: comedy,stand-up
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events on the calendar. Please feel free to add your own as well.
Photo credit: Gerry Villani
Portland Christmas Lights: Where to go and what to see
Portland Christmas Lights Guide - Holidays are a time of tradition, and each year in Portland the Christmas lights and Holiday light displays provide an opportunity to create and renew a sense of tradition once more with your family, friends, and loved ones. There are several popular Portland holiday lights displays throughout our city, from the Grotto, Zoo Lights, Portland Christmas Ships, Peacock Lane, and Portland International Raceway Christmas lights, to several other streets where Portlanders go to town with the Christmas lights on their homes and in their yards.
December 2011 Portland Oregon Real Estate Market Report: What's Happening?
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