Hi, We’re Bob and Louise, the Creators of Gilligallou Bird Inc.! Our goal is to help you share in our love of birding. We offer non-GMO and pesticide free nutritional bird feed, high quality feeders, and outstanding customer service by our knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Our selection of fresh loose seed blends have been specially prepared to account for the nutritional requirements of birds in our Canadian climate and as we like to say, “Cardinals are red, Blue Jays are blue and all the best seed comes from Gilligallou.”
Our passion is for birds, and so also carry a carefully-curated selection of other bird-themed items including squirrel solutions, calendars, windchimes and a full range of giftware.
We love to educate & entertain and so offer new and interesting articles on our Website and Blog, fun videos on our YouTube Channel, and take advantage of connecting with our customers through Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.
At Gilligallou, we believe that anything and everything is possible and are continually growing. We now have two locations – 14 Mill Street in Almonte or 160 Preston Street in Ottawa, and welcome you to come and visit us or at our online store at gilligalloubird.com
Meet Our Staff
Hi, I’m Peggy!
Gilligallou Bird has been my go to place for the past 3 years helping to support birding with excellent products and seed.
I grew up in the city of Ottawa but I have lived in Almonte for the past 28 years and consider it my home. A beautiful wooded nature retreat is my special place that soothes my soul. I am so fortunate to have a wonderful family and friends to share my life with. Other interests are spent enjoying nature through Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, canoeing, kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing.
For several years I have been creating beautiful handmade soaps “Highland Soap” that sell in Almonte and Perth. Growing up I had a passion for art, especially painting. After the family had grown, I found that I had time to pursue the arts again and have painted several works in oil and acrylic.
I participate as a board member and volunteer with “Hub Hospice Palliative Care”, a special group of dedicated volunteers that provide an essential service to our surrounding community.
I am very pleased to be part of the Gilligallou flock and I welcome you to visit any time!
Hi, I’m Jen, the newest bird to the Gilligallou flock!
My first memory of my love for birds began when I was a small child. The sweet sound of Chickadees calling in the pines as I played on my Grandparents forest property is pretty much where it all began. To this day, their call brings a smile to my face.
Fast forward to twenty something years later to the purchase of our first home. I began to put 10 plus years of a neglected yard back together, and Chickadees and Nuthatches greeted me. That’s when my love for backyard birding bloomed, as did my love for photography.
I ventured onto Facebook, where budding friendships began with people from all over the Ottawa Valley who loved birding and photography just as much I did. Not long after that, I began hearing about this wonderful backyard birding specialty store in Almonte called, Gilligallou Bird. I knew I needed to see what all the fuss was about!
From day one of walking into Gilligallou, I felt so welcomed – like I was part of the family. I had often thought, “wow, what a fun place to work!” When the news came that there was a new store opening on Preston Street, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity!
So, here I am, working my dream job, and sharing and learning from our customers. I am passionate about the quality products and seed that we carry in our store and would be happy to show you around.
I want you to feel the same way I did the first time I walked into Gilligallou – like family.
The Making of Gilligallou
We hatched the Gilligallou Bird on September 30, 2011 after 20 or so years in incubation. We had always dreamed of opening our own backyard birding store, with both birds and birders in mind. The approach was simple; we wanted to become Eastern Ontario’s Backyard Birding Specialty Store by providing an enhanced birding experience for our clients through quality seed, resources and service.
After years of experimenting and investigation, we concluded that traditionally, most bird seed found in the marketplace was of poor quality, randomly filled and held a high percentage of filler. Not only was the majority of seed low in food value for the birds, but it in turn was becoming of very poor value to the consumer.
We decided we were going to change that.
The blends carried by Gilligallou Bird are based on the study of birds, using 100% seed. No fillers, no weed seed, no grass seed, no wheat seed, non-gmo and pesticide free. The goal being; bringing back a very high food value to your birds, opening up to a wider variety of species to your backyard, and giving our clients the best value and enjoyment from their seed purchase.
Over five years later, the Gilligallou Bird Store has grown into two locations and continues to be built upon these founding philosophies. Birding is deeply “seeded” in our heart and soul, and every day we thrive to extend our knowledge of birding onto our growing clientele.
Stop by and see us and find out how we are working toward being a household name in the birding world, and becoming partners in nature for a sustainable future.
Bob & Lou