We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
4212 NW 16th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32605
Phone: (352) 381-1997
Fax: (352) 381-1995
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
In twelve years of operating Wild Birds Unlimited, the only American Goldfinch prediction that we offer with confidence is that feeder activity will increase in late winter. Many people are surprised to learn that goldfinches arrive in Florida as early as October. Goldfinch feeder activity is sporadic until January at which point flocks begin to gradually build. In February, goldfinches make a “false migration” as they leave feeders in favor of newly budded hardwoods. The feeder blitz for which goldfinches are so famous begins a few weeks after this false migration. Goldfinch activity has been very mild this season but it’s time to get some Nyjer or Finch Blend in your feeders if you haven’t already done so.
Nyjer is the goldfinch’s favorite seed during this time of year and is best dispensed in a feeder designed specifically for Nyjer. Finch Blend is a 50-50 mix of Nyjer and fine chips of oil sunflower. The chips allow you to dispense the blend in an all-purpose feeder and it broadens the appeal to other species.
WBU of Gainesville has a Facebook page for birding and feeder news. Check it out!