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We’re Hiring
Share your enjoyment and passion of feeding the birds. Help others to connect and enjoy that same enthusiasm as you do.
We are looking for sales associates who can help us help others “enjoy nature in your own backyard “.
- retail experience an asset but not necessary
- ability to lift 20 lb bags of seed for our customers
- positive, energetic, enthusiastic and willing to learn
- flexible schedule and able to work weekends
We provide training so you can provide informed advice about feeding the birds and our quality products.
Stop by and talk to us or drop off a resume.

Friday, 17 September 2021

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

September 17, 2021


“EXPLORE NATURE” --- GO BIRDING:

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca. Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species was seen and location of your sighting.
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Greater Yellowlegs (R. Hocken)

Tuesday September 14:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach. Weather was wet with rain, wind and choppy water. 3 birders showed up to see if anyone else was foolish to come out birding and saw a few birds in the short time we were there. A few highlights were the 5 Greater Yellowlegs seen at the mouth of French Creek and a large flock of Black Turnstones.

3 Birders saw and heard the following 20 species:

Mallard

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Horned Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Cooper’s Hawk

Killdeer

Black Oystercatcher

Greater Yellowlegs

Black Turnstones

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Band-tailed Pigeon

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

American/Northwestern Crow

Spotted Towhee

Savanah Sparrow


American Coot (R. Hocken)

Sunday September 12, 2021:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Buttertubs Marsh for the first time this year. It was a beautiful sunny and warm day. A few highlights were American Coot, Common Yellowthroat, and Pied-billed Grebe.

6 Birders saw and heard the following 30 species:

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

American Wigeon

Mallard

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

American Coot

Killdeer

Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Anna’s Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

American/Northwestern Crow

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bushtit

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Song Sparrow

Spotted Towhee

Red-winged Blackbird

House Finch

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin

House Sparrow


Common Yellowthroat (J. Morrison)

 The Backyard Bird Walks

Our bird walks go out Sunday mornings in Nanaimo and Tuesday mornings in Parksville and Qualicum Beach area, are easy walks that go for two to three hours (back for lunch is the plan). Bring binoculars and a field guide. The walks are weather pending.

Please check our blog (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for any cancelations.

Covid-19 Precautions

·         Do not attend if you feel ill.

·         Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.

·         Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.

The Tuesday Bird Walk, September 21, 2021

This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Deep Bay.

Meet at the Parksville Tourist Information Center parking lot, located by Hwy 19A, Northwest Bay Road and Franklin’s Gull road in Parksville, at 9:00 am or meet at the marina parking lot at 9:25 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk September 19, 2021

This Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at Neck Point parking lot at 9:10 am. Weather pending. 

Good birding! Colin Bartlett

Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Website: www.thebackyard.ca

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Nanaimo Bird Report, September 8, 2021

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo Bird Report, September 8, 2021

BIRD REPORT“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.caPlease remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species was seen and location of your sighting.

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American Pipit (J. Morrison)

Tuesday September 8:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road. Weather was sunny with little breeze and 18 degrees. A few highlights on the walk was watching a Merlin hunting a flock of Western and Least Sandpipers, A lone Least Sandpiper feeding up the river a bit which provided us with great views. A Rufous Hummingbird was seen perch in a tree near the beginning of the trail and two Sooty Shearwater’s were seen flying south on the open water.

9 Birders saw and heard the following 40 species:

Canada Goose

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Surf Scoter

Common Merganser

California Quail

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Sooty Shearwater

Great Blue Heron

Merlin

Killdeer

Black Oystercatcher

Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Bonaparte’s Gull

Mew Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Rhinoceros Auklet

Anna's Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Warbling Vireo

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

American Pipit

Cedar Waxwing

Orange-crowned Warbler

Spotted Towhee

White-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

House Finch

Purple Finch

Steller’s Jay (J. Morrison)

Wednesday September 1, 2021:

A Lapland Longspur was seen at the Englishman River Estuary on the Plummer Road side, along with a Ruff seen from the viewing stand.

Sunday September 5, 2021

White-throated Sparrow was seen in a backyard feeding with a few White-crowned Sparrows near Glen Oaks Drive and Hammond Bay Road.

Monday September 6, 2021:

Steller’s Jays were seen and heard in the Turner Road and Uplands Drive area of Nanaimo. There have also been a few other reports of Steller’s Jays returning and visiting feeding stations.

White-throated Sparrow (R. Hocken

The Backyard Bird Walks

Our bird walks go out Sunday mornings in Nanaimo and Tuesday mornings in Parksville and Qualicum Beach area, are easy walks that go for two to three hours (back for lunch is the plan). Bring binoculars and a field guide.

Please check our blog (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for any cancelations.

Covid-19 Precautions

  • Do not attend if you feel ill.
  • Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.
  • Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.

The Tuesday Bird Walk, September 14, 2021

This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Columbia Beach in French Creek.

Meet at the Parksville Tourist Information Center parking lot, located by Hwy 19A, Northwest Bay Road and Franklin’s Gull road in Parksville, at 9:00 am or meet at the beach access on Admiral Tryon Blvd at 9:15.

The Sunday Bird Walk September 12, 2021

This Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the end of Buttertubs Drive parking lot at 9:15 am.

Good birding!

Colin Bartlett

 

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Please Note

Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

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THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

6314 Metral Drive

Nanaimo B.C.V9T-2L8

Phone: 250-390-3669

Fax: 250-390-1633

Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Website: www.thebackyard.ca

 

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Saturday, 4 September 2021

Guided Bird Walks to Resume Tuesday September 7 2021

 


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store 

Nanaimo Bird Report

September 4, 2021

“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca. Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species was seen and location of your sighting.
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 The Backyard Bird Walks 

Our bird walks go out Sunday mornings in Nanaimo and Tuesday mornings in Parksville and Qualicum Beach area, are easy walks that go for two to three hours (back for lunch is the plan). Bring binoculars and a field guide.

Please check our blog (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.comfor any cancelations.

Covid-19 Precautions

·         Please do not attend if you have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

·         Do not attend if you have been sick or in contact with someone possibly sick in the last 14 days.

·         Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.

·         Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.

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The Tuesday Bird Walk

Englishman River Estuary- Plummer Road

Meet at the Parksville Tourist Information Center parking lot, located by Hwy 19A, Northwest Bay road and Franklin’s Gull road in Parksville, at 9:00 am or at the Plummer road site, at the corner just by the start of the subdivision at 9:20am.

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The Sunday Bird Walk

Location to be determined.


Good birding! Colin Bartlett

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Lapland Longspur at Plummer Rd. Side of Englishman River Estuary

 We have just received reports of a Lapland Longspur at the Plummer Rd. side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. It was spotted today at the mudflats below the observation platform among a group of American Pipits.

The ruff was also still visible at the estuary.


Photo: Google.

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

 Perseid Meteor Shower 2021

From midnight on August 11th to August 13th, we have the chance to watch the Perseid meteor shower, which is one of the biggest showers of the year. Luckily, because Vancouver Island is in the Northern Hemisphere, we'll be getting a great view of it! 

If you get to an area with very little light pollution, there's the possibility of spotting up to 40 meteors per hour. And because of how early the crescent moon will be setting, the sky will be extra dark, making the meteors appear even brighter. 

You can get the best view of the meteors before dawn, a good time to start looking would be around 4am. Give your eyes 20-30 minutes beforehand to adjust to the darkness of the night sky, and enjoy the show!

CNN article: https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/11/world/perseid-meteor-shower-2021-scn/index.html

Victoria News Article: https://www.vicnews.com/news/weather-poised-to-present-ideal-perseid-meteor-shower-for-viewers-in-greater-victoria/