Gainesville, Florida

Bubba & Ingrid Scales

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

Gainesville, Florida

4212 NW 16th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32605

Phone: (352) 381-1997
Fax: (352) 381-1995
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

See Holiday Hours listed on right

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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.

Alachua Audubon Society's 4th Annual Backyard Birding Tour - Saturday, February 25

Explore six of Gainesville's premier backyard birding habitats on a self-guided tour and learn what homeowners are doing to attract birdlife to their yards through gardening, feeder arrays, nesting boxes, and water features.  Tickets are $12 and can only be purchased by cash or check at Wild Birds Unlimited. All proceeds go to Alachua Audubon Society.

Each participant's name will be entered in a drawing for a pair of Vortex Diamondback 8*42 binoculars. There is also a photo contest so bring your cameras!  The overall winner will receive a 20# bag of wild bird seed blend from Wild Birds Unlimited.  There will be multiple categories in which to submit photos.  Winning photos from each category will each receive a 5# bag of wild bird seed blend from Wild Birds Unlimited.

The Goldfinch Pause - understanding the American Goldfinch's false migration

Every year in early February, the American Goldfinches depart temporarily from feeders to eat the budding leaves of hardwood trees.  Based on my observations of finches at my own feeders this week, the Goldfinch Pause is on.  Don't take your feeder down, though.  They come back with a vengeance around the first week of March.

Enjoy this tutorial to see how we use the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's eBird database to understand American Goldfinch migration and feeding patterns.

Birdbaths offer consistent and diverse bird activity

As usual for late fall, bird feeder activity is all over the place with some yards seeing mixed flocks including Chipping Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole, and more and other yards seeing very little feeder activity at all.  On average, the feeder activity has been good throughout the fall and winter is setting up nicely, too, but birdbaths are offering much greater consistency and diversity.  With nearly two months now since the last soaking rain and December looking to be very dry, water is becoming increasingly scarce in every bird's habitat.  Birdbaths are likely to be very, very active.  Visit our website and ourFacebook and YouTube pages to see videos of birds coming to our birdbath.

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Local Bird Videos

Technology has brought a new dimension to the enjoyment of birdfeeding and birdwatching at Wild Birds Unlimited.  Now, you can enjoy highly entertaining videos of local bird activity shot with our own GoPro action camera by subscribing to our Facebook and Youtube pages and by checking our store website frequently for updates to our Local Bird Videos page.

Bird news on Facebook

WBU of Gainesville has a Facebook page for birding and feeder news.  Check it out!