Abbotsford, British Columbia | Chilliwack, BC | Langley, BC

Cliff and Sherry Jury

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

Abbotsford, British Columbia

#13-33324 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2B4

Phone: (604) 852-1960
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Chilliwack, British Columbia

8810-C Young Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 4P5

Phone: (604) 792-1239
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Langley, British Columbia

Willowbrook Park Shopping Centre,
#2-6131 200th Street
Langley, BC V2Y 1A2

Phone: (604) 510-2035
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Store Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 10:00 am - 5:30 am
Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 am

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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.

September 2014

 

Woodpeckers: woodpeckerTake a Closer Look! 

When was the last time you really took a close look at the birds coming to your feeders? Many of us watch and enjoy their beauty every day, but how often do we deliberately look at them with an eye towards new discoveries.

It’s time to take a closer look! You will be amazed at the things you can observe.

Take the woodpecker that’s outside on the WBU suet cake; it’s probably the same one that’s been coming around for years. It’s an old friend, so what could you possibly see that you haven’t seen before?

Well, how about its kickstand! A kickstand? That’s for a bike not a bird…but don’t tell that to the woodpecker. When you observe a woodpecker as it lands, you will notice that it uses its long tail feathers to propped itself up against the tree.

Just as a kickstand keeps a bicycle from falling over, the woodpecker’s tail keeps it from falling off the tree. The strong and stiff feathers absorb the force of the woodpecker’s hammering blows and help to firmly anchor it to the tree.  Closer observation will also reveal that each of these unique feathers is tipped with a pointed spike. Similar in shape and function to a telephone lineman’s climbing spikes, the woodpecker digs them into the tree’s bark as it climbs.

The woodpecker’s unique tail is just one of it’s many adaptations you can witness as they visit your feeders. We would love to hear about your observations. Visit us soon and we’ll make sure you have the expert advice and quality hobby products you take a closer look at your old friends at the feeders.

 

(picture of Hairy Woodpecker by P. Stehr)