We’re Hiring

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.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Common Yellow-throat:Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Alert
To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
call the Bird Alert at 250-390-3029
or www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
Also check the birdstore blog for the latest bird alerts and updates:

Post your sightings on these site:

Birds of British Columbia:

International Birdwatching Guides

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date, name and location of your sighting.

Sunday,June 22, 2008:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Hemer Provincial Park in Cedar. Among the highlights were the sightings of a Barred Owl, several Brown Creepers and a Black Swift. We also saw several Cliff Swallows, Barn Swallows and a nesting pair of Vesper Sparrows at a barnyard along Quenelle Road in Cedar.
Thirty birders found the following thirty-three species of birds.
Wood Duck, Merlin, Barred Owl, Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker,Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Tree Swallow, Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee,
Song Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird and Purple Finch.
Saturday, June 21:
A Ring-billed Gull was seen in Shirley on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Friday, June 20:
A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen and heard along Grant Road near French Road in Sooke. The White-Breasted Nuthatch is not normally found on Vancouver Island. It is a resident of the interior of British Columbia and east of the Rockies.
A Mourning Dove was spotted in Sooke.
A Virginia Rail was heard near the Beaver Ponds at Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.
A House Wren was seen and heard in the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo.
A Common Nighthawk was seen over Dunsmuir Crescent in Ladysmith.

Thursday June 19:
Two fledglings and two adult Barn Owls left their nest today near Quenelle Lake in Cedar.
Twenty-six Heermann's Gulls, a nesting pair of Chipping Sparrows, a singing Willow Flycatcher, an American Goldfinch, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned and Wilson's Warblers, Common Yellow-throats, and a nesting pair of Hairy Woodpeckers and Downy Woodpeckers were seen at Jordan River.
A nesting pair of Red-breasted Sapsuckers were seen at Shirley, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
A Great Horned Owl was seen in a backyard along Waldbank Road near Sealand Park in Nanaimo. A word of caution--a Cougar has been sighted in this area.
A Peregrine Falcon and four Osprey were seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
Pine Siskins and Western Tanagers are visiting feeders in a yard in Lantzville.

Tuesday, June 17:
Barred Owls were in a yard overlooking Departure Bay Creek in Nanaimo.

Monday June 16:
An Osprey was spotted in downtown Nanaimo over Albert and Dunsmuir Streets.

Sunday June 15:
White-winged Crossbills were heard singing about twenty miles west of Chemainus. White-winged Crossbills are not normally found on Vancouver Island, however they are common in most other areas of Canada.
Peregrine Falcon was seen at Duke Point near the Ferry Terminal in south Nanaimo.
Three Osprey were seen flying over the Townsite area near Mansfield Park in Nanaimo.
Two Blue-winged Teal were seen on a wetland near Crofton.

Thursday, June 12:
An American Dipper and a Red-breasted Sapsucker were seen near Witchcraft Lake along Benson View Road in Nanaimo.
Three Osprey were spotted at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a
bird please call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ (250) 390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail: thebackyard@shaw.ca
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday July 10, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday July 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.
The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store's weekly bird walk in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area on Wednesday mornings will not be held during the summer months. We will resume the Wednesday bird walks in the fall.
The Sunday Bird Walk on June 29, 2008, will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo.
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the end of Burma Road off Lost Lake Road about 9:20 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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