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.

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Create a Hummingbird Haven

Welcome hummingbirds to your backyard by offering multiple Wild Birds Unlimited Hummingbird Feeders. They are designed to appeal to hummingbirds and allow them to hover or perch while feeding. Our Hummingbird Feeders do not leak, and the built-in ant moats deter crawling insects. These feeders are easy to clean and come with a lifetime guarantee.

With multiple feeders, you'll attract more hummingbirds and prevent a single bird from bullying others away.

20% OFF All Hummingbird Feeders*

*Valid on in-store purchases of hummingbird feeders only. One discount per person. Offer not valid on previous purchases, with other discounts, on special orders or sale items. While supplies last sorry no rain checks. Offer valid 04/01/2015 through 04/18/2015 at WBU Barrie.

Baltimore Oriole

Fun Facts About Orioles

  • Orioles are insect and fruit eaters. They usually stay hidden in the trees eating and singing their beautiful whistling notes. They can be drawn down from their perches with foods like orange slices, grape jelly, mealworms and nectar feeders.
  • When not feeding on nectar, orioles seek out caterpillars, fruits, insects, and spiders.
  • Unlike many insect eating birds, Baltimore Orioles will eat spiny or hairy caterpillars, including such pest species as fall webworms, tent caterpillars, and gypsy moths.
  • Most male Baltimore Oriole songs vary enough from one another as to be unique to each individual. It is believed females can identify and locate their mate by its distinct song.
  • The Oriole nest is an engineering masterpiece. They weave a hanging-basket nest with plant fibers, grasses, vine and tree bark and sometimes string or yarn placed out on the small twigs of a branch 6-45 feet in the air. This keeps them safe from most predators.
  • It takes as many as 12 days for an Oriole to weave its nest. One Baltimore Oriole was observed spending 40 hours building a nest with about 10,000 stitches and the tying of thousands of knots, all with its beak.
  • The female Baltimore Oriole builds her nest with little or no help from its mate. Only the female incubates and broods, both feed the young.
  • While modern day Oriole nests are made primarily of plant fibers, Oriole nests collected in the late 1800s, before the age of the automobile, were made almost exclusively of horsehair.
  • Orioles will lay 4-5 eggs anywhere from April to June. The young will fledge as late as 30 days from egg laying.
  • Orioles are found across North America in the summer. Some species winter in the tropics and others in Mexico.
  • Most Baltimore Orioles spend their winters in southern Mexico, Central America and the tropics, but some will stay in the southern states of the U.S., with a few reports as far north as New England.
  • The Baltimore Oriole is a common inhabitant of suburban landscapes due to is preference for open settings that are bordered with mature trees.
  • Oriole’s are a member of Icteridae family, meaning that their closest bird relatives include meadowlarks, blackbirds, bobolinks and grackles.
  • The oriole gets its name from the Latin aureolus, which means golden.
  • The oldest banded Baltimore Oriole recaptured in the wild had lived 11 years and 7 months.

Nectar...the Recipe for Perfectly Fun Feeding

Hummingbirds

These tiny birds use so much energy flying that they can eat double their weight in nectar and insects each day.

Despite popular belief, hummingbirds do not suck up nectar with their bills. They actually lap it up with their tongues. While dipping their grooved tongues into nectar sources at up to 12 times a second, the nectar is drawn up and into their mouth each and every time.

You can help them keep their energy level up and attract them to your yard by offering them a nectar solution. Mix four parts water and one part ordinary table sugar to create the perfect nectar solution. Example: (4 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar)

Change the nectar and wash your feeder in hot water every three to four days (more often in hot weather). If you have a WBU Hummingbird Feeder, simply place it in the top drawer of your dishwasher for easy cleaning.

If you plan to store nectar in the refrigerator, boil the water first before creating and storing your nectar solution.

Never add red food coloring, honey or artificial sweeteners to the solution.

These birds are quite bold, too, so place your feeder close to the house so you can catch all the action!

Orioles

Orioles are known to enjoy orange slices, BirdBerry Jelly and mealworms offered from tray-style feeders. They will even use the protein-rich mealworms to feed their nestlings. Nectar feeders are also attractive to orioles, supplementing the natural nectar they typically find in flowers. Boil two cups of water; add 1/3 cup of sugar; cool and fill the feeder. Be patient and keep the foods fresh, replacing them every few days and be sure to keep your feeders clean, too.

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