Barrie, Ontario

Steve, Dianne and Kristen Martyn

Steve, Dianne and Kristen Martyn

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Barrie, Ontario

BEHIND STICKY FINGERS,
515 Bryne Drive, Unit B
Barrie, ON L4N 9P7

Phone: (705) 726-7600
Fax: (705) 726-1327
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

Easter Holiday

Seed Cylinders Sale

Providing a reliable and easily obtained source of food allows birds more time for selecting quality nest sites and the construction of high quality nests.

Available only at Wild Birds Unlimited, our exclusively formulated Bird Food Cylinders are an easy and tidy way to offer your birds a wide variety of food. Whether they are tightly packed ingredients or suet, Bird Food Cylinders last longer, requiring feeders to be refilled less often.

15% OFF All Bird Food Cylinders. Club Members remember you SAVE an additional 5% OFF the sale price!*

*Valid on in-store purchases only. One discount per purchase. Not valid with other discounts, previous purchases or on special order items. Not valid on WBU Seed Stackables™, Forage Cakes or the All Season Bell. While supplies last sorry no rain checks.  Valid now through 03/15/15 at WBU Barrie.

How to Attract More Birds with Seed Cylinders

Come-In-To WIN Contest February 22-April 5, 2015

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Attract More Goldfinches to Your Yard

Take advantage of this golden opportunity and prepare your yard for goldfinch nesting season. Adult goldfinches will be raising young and, once fledged from the nest, showing them where to find food and water.

Goldfinch on Seed Tube

Food

    Goldfinches’ favorite food is Nyjer® (thistle). It’s high in protein and fat (which they love) and helps meet the demands of nesting and raising a family.
    Goldfinches are also partial to fine sunflower chips which work well alone or combined with Nyjer, such as in our Finch Blend.
Goldfinches on an EcoClean® Finch Feeder

Feeders

    Our EcoClean® and Quick-Clean® Finch Feeders are specially-designed for Nyjer and Sunflower Chips and are perfect for the small bills of goldfinches. These feeders protect food from excess moisture and are easy to clean with their removable bases.
    We also offer Mesh Finch Feeders that are perfect for attracting goldfinches and meeting their needs.
Goldfinch on Birdbath

Water

    Goldfinches are almost exclusively vegetarians. Unlike many birds that feed their young insects, goldfinches feed their young seeds. Because of this high-vegetation diet, they drink a lot of water.
    Goldfinches will also use a bird bath for bathing. Attract birds with more success with a Water Wiggler™. It creates ripples in the water to attract birds’ attention. The ripples also prevent mosquitoes from using the bath as a breeding ground.

How to Attract Goldfinches

The Best Foods for Feeding Goldfinches

Make March Less of a Stress for Birds

Dinner Bell FeederSimply put, March can be a very difficult month for your birds.

Early in the month, birds' natural food supply is at its lowest point of the year. Insect populations are still low, and the few remaining wild fruits, berries, seeds and nuts are either hidden or undesirable. Unpredictable weather doesn't make life any easier. Sunny, warm, spring-like days can turn into cold, damp conditions that challenge birds' survival skills. And to make matters worse, this is all happening as some birds prepare for nesting season.

However, these various challenges provide you with one of the best opportunities of the year to help your birds.

Providing Food Makes a Difference

Offer your birds lots of high-energy foods, such as peanuts and suet. Loaded with fat and protein, these are beneficial substitutes for the scarce insects many birds would eat if they could find them.

Counteract the lack of natural insects by offering protein-rich mealworms. They are eaten by numerous species of birds and can be a lifesaver during a sudden cold snap.

Nesting Birds Need Help, Too

Birds build open-cup shaped nests in trees or on the ground, or they nest in cavities (or holes) in trees. By placing nesting materials and installing bird houses around your backyard, you can entice birds, such as bluebirds, wrens, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers, Purple Martins, swallows, owls and Wood Ducks. Bird houses can make your birds' lives a little easier. After all, they have already expended a lot of energy establishing territories, courting and looking for scarce food.

If you are using a functional bird house to provide your birds a home, be sure it meets these six requirements:

  • Designed for the species, according to bird’s size and nesting requirements
  • Ventilation holes to provide release for heat build-up
  • Easily cleaned
  • Easily mounted or hung
  • Durable to withstand several seasons of use
  • Drainage holes in the bottom of the house

How to Choose the Best Nest Box for Your Birds