Words On Birds by Steve Grinley
Bird Watcher’s On The Move
February 02, 2024
by Steve Grinley
We are not the pink house, but after almost 29 years at the Traffic Circle in Newburyport, Bird Watcher’s Supply & Gift has become an icon for the birding community. When we first opened, we were known as “Bird Central” by the local birding community. Before eBird, before Group Me, even before cell phones, we were the bird sightings connection.
We kept the white board up to date with rare birds and notable birds reported in the area. We would receive phone calls reporting rare birds and disseminate the hot news by phone and via the Massbird and NHBirds as they emerged. Visiting local clubs and those from western Mass, Connecticut, New Jersey and beyond would stop by or call to help locate birds in our area.
For almost three decades, we have advised local residents interested in birds on attracting birds to their yard with our experienced knowledge and the quality products that we always carry. We held informative talks to local schools and area garden clubs and have led numerous field trips to help everyone experience the amazing birds of Newburyport, Plum Island and surrounding areas.
We supported the local Festivals including the Superbowl of Birding, the Merrimack River Eagle Festival, and the Ipswich River Sanctuary Nature Festival. We continue to support Essex County Greenbelt and all its work of preserving land for future generations. We also support numerous local fund raisers and charities.
A week before Christmas, our landlord blindsided us by saying that he will not be renewing our lease, which ended on Jan 14. “In good faith,” he offered a month’s extension and we must vacate the property by Feb 14.
For the past month, we have been scrambling to try to find suitable space for our store relocation. We did find property at Port Plaza in Newburyport that is almost move-in ready, and we finalized a lease this week. This location is in their West Shops, conveniently accessible off Low Street and off Story Avenue, next to AAA, and less than 10 minutes from our present location.
Our present plan is to remain open through Saturday, February 10 and to close Sunday, Feb 11 to Wednesday, February 14 for the move. We plan to reopen Thursday, Feb 15!
For the hundreds of customers who purchase our quality seed from us, please know that we are continuing regular seed deliveries throughout this process. There is no need to stock up more than you normally use. We plan a smooth transition from our present location to our new space.
In preparation for the move, we are having a “Moving Sale” offering 25% OFF EVERYTHING in the store through Feb 10 except seed, suet and optics. Now is the time to look ahead to spring and buy those new feeders (seed, suet, hummingbird and oriole) and bird houses that you will need then. Seasonal closeouts items will be discounted further. The more we sell, the less we will have to move!
Also, to help us move out some Optics inventory, we will be offering an additional 10% off all binoculars, spotting scopes, and tripods. Select optics, especially high end, will be discounted further. These will be far and away our best prices of the year! Again, the more we sell, the less we will have to move.
We look forward to our new location and we hope that you will follow us there. We hope to continue our service to the birding community in our new location for the next 29 years!