Hanover, Massachusetts

Pam & Steve French

Pam & Steve French

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

Hanover, Massachusetts

386 Columbia Rd., Rte.#53
Hanover, MA 02339

Phone: (781) 826-1640
Fax: (781) 829-6864
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 am - 5:00 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.

Welcome to Wild Birds Unlimited Hanover, MA

Set a Place for Your Globe-trotting GuestsTownsend's Warbler

More than 300 bird species found in North America during the summer make their way to Central and South America or the Caribbean, some covering distances of nearly 7,000 miles. Parks, backyards and nature refuges across the country will host these winged visitors as the birds make their way to their winter homes.

Migration is a fascinating part of bird behavior. Besides the amount of daylight, it appears that age, sex, weather and the availability of food, water and shelter are the major factors in migratory behavior.

While migration is still not completely understood, it appears that some birds orient themselves by the stars on clear nights while others seem to have a built-in magnetic compass. Some birds travel over large bodies of water, and birds commonly lose one-fourth to one-half of their body weight during such over-water migration.

In order to survive their grueling trip, birds accumulate fat prior to migration. This physiological change helps the birds maintain their energy reserves.

Not only can we enjoy migrating birds as they pass through our area, but we can also play a role in their survival by providing food, water, habitat and/or shelter to help them conserve and replenish their energy supply during their journey. Foods that are high in fat, such as suet, Bark Butter and a seed blend with lots of sunflower seeds, help birds refuel their energy supply.

Downy Woodpecker

 

Attract More Woodpeckers to Your Backyard

Woodpeckers are found across North America in dense and sparsely wooded areas as well as suburban yards with trees.

Though woodpeckers spend a majority of their time looking for natural food sources, mostly insects, you can attract these tough-beaked birds to your feeding station with the right feeders that offer a mix of fat and protein-rich foods.

Fun Facts

  • The smallest North American woodpecker is the Downy Woodpecker at 6" in length.
  • To help distinguish the difference between a Hairy and a Downy Woodpecker visiting your feeders, look for the Hairy’s chisel-like bill which is much longer than the Downy, which often equals the width of the rest of the head. The Downy’s head is twice as wide as its very short bill.
  • The feather pattern on the back of head of Downy Woodpeckers is unique to every bird and downies may use them to recognize other individual downies.
  • Hairy WoodpeckerScientific tests have determinfed that Downy Woodpeckers do actually use the presence or absence of the red patch on the back of other downies head to determine whether they are male of female.
  • Male Downy Woodpeckers are dominate over female downies and select the best feeding sites for their own use and defend them against the females.
  • Female Downy Woodpeckers have slightly longer tails than do the males. This may be explained by the fact that they spend more time foraging on vertical surfaces, such as tree trunks, and thus use their tail as a brace more often than their male counterparts, which spend most of their time foraging on smaller horizontal branches.
  • When threatened by predators, Downy Woodpeckers will freeze motionless against the trunk of a tree and will not return to normal activities for up to ten minutes.
  • Banded Downy Woodpeckers have been recorded to live as long as11 years.

The Perfect Gift for Every Nature Lover

Wild Birds Unlimited Gift Card

Every nature lover is different, so finding the ideal gift for him or her can be difficult. That's why our Gift Cards are the perfect gift for every occasion. They allow your friend or loved one to choose what part of nature he or she wants to enjoy. The best part: our Gift Cards are redeemable at every Wild Birds Unlimited location.

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