Barrie, Ontario

Kristen Martyn and Cameron Hogarth

Kristen Martyn and Cameron Hogarth

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

Barrie, Ontario

515 Bryne Drive,
Unit B
Barrie, ON L4N 9P7

Phone: (705) 726-7600
Fax: (705) 726-1327
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Store Hours:
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 7:00 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.

  

Bark Butter

DSC Members Only

Bark Butter: The Birds' Favorite Food

Created by Jim Carpenter, founder of Wild Birds Unlimited, Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® is a spreadable suet that has attracted more than 140 different bird species, including many that do not normally visit feeders.

Simply apply a generous amount of Bark Butter to each hole in our Bark Butter Feeder. Use fork prongs to make ridges in the Bark Butter, making it easier for your birds to grab a bite.

Buy a Tub of Bark Butter; Get the Feeder FREE ($19.99 value)*

*For DSC members only. One discount per membership. Buy a 2 lb. tub of Birdacious Bark Butter with Calcium (item 1577) and get a Bark Butter Feeder (item 2550) FREE! Valid on in-store purchases only. One discount per purchase. Not valid with other discounts or previous purchases. Limited number of feeders available. Free giveaway applies to feeder noted above only.  While supplies last only; no rain checks sorry.   Offer valid June 20, 2017 through June 30, 2017 at WBU Barrie.

Fledglings

Young Bird Fledglings Experience Life Away from the Nest

This summer, parents across the country will spend countless hours with their children, taking them to places they’ve never seen before. The same can be said for the millions of wild bird families that will be introducing their young fledglings to a whole new world of experiences.

People who only feed the birds during the winter miss out on many fun and fascinating wild bird "family" activities. By mid-spring and throughout much of the summer, fledglings leave the nest and continue to be fed by their parents, while also being taught to eat from feeders. Watching this fun and fascinating activity is one of the true payoffs of the bird feeding hobby.

Here are some characteristics and behaviors to look for when watching these fledgling birds as they begin to leave the nest:

  • Fledglings are about the same size as adults, but often their plumage color is muted and similar to adult females.
  • In some species, fledglings' tails are shorter than the adults', because the tail feathers are still growing. A recent research study demonstrated that supplemental bird feeding provides a direct nutritional benefit that supports higher-quality feather growth for birds like these fledglings.
  • You can recognize Downy and other woodpecker fledglings by their fresh and dapper plumage, whereas that of the adults is worn and dusky from their repeated trips in and out of the nest hole.
  • Chickadee fledglings follow their parents to the bird feeder and perch nearby as the parents go to get food. They either wait, looking like they are waiting to be served, or they call incessantly "teeship teeship" and flutter their wings until fed.
  • After one to three weeks, the parents stop feeding their fledglings and may even peck at them if they persist in begging for food.

Some foods are better than others for new fledglings. Insects are highly favored, so mealworms are attractive to parents feeding young. Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® and Bark Butter Bits are also excellent as they are highly nutritious, easily carried, and easily swallowed.

It’s a perfect time to be seasonally savvy with your bird foods. Stop by the store and we'll help you pick out the the high protein and high fat foods that will help to get your neighborhood fledglings off to a strong start. 

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