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

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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.

Carolina Wrenscarolina wren nest

For its size, the Carolina Wren is one of the loudest birds in North America and in the deep South, it’s one of the most familiar, too.  Even if you can’t identify a Carolina Wren by its song, you’ve almost certainly heard it singing repetitively – usually in bursts of three – tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle.  Carolina Wrens are well adapted to suburban habitats and will frequently build a nest in a potted plant or an even more inconvenient location such as a coiled garden hose.  They’ll build them very quickly, too, and won’t hesitate to explore newly accessible locations like the garage that you left open for a few hours.

Check out the video of the Carolina Wren nest we had in one of our potted plants this year. If you are lucky enough to host a family of Carolina Wrens in a potted plant, you’ll need to adjust your watering schedule just a bit but you don’t have to abandon care of your plant in order to be a good host to a family of wrens.  You’ll just need to water on a regular basis and pour the water in gradually away from the nest so that the nest doesn't take a soaking stream of water.  You can also water by placing ice cubes around the plant or use a slow release watering stake like the Plant Nanny, an old time favorite at the store.

Learn More About

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks 

Preventing the spread of Salmonella at feeders

Keeping a Birdbath Mosquito Free

Hummingbirds Overwintering in Florida

Changes to the winter Backyard Birdscape

Squirrelproof Birdfeeding

Bird Baldness

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!