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, 8 June 2008













Willow Flycatcher: 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:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Post your sightings on these site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birds of British Columbia:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html

International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

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 08, 2008:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. Among the highlights was the sighting of Yellow Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Townsend's Warblers, Wilson's Warblers and MacGillivray's Warblers. We saw a Western Tanager, Dark-eyed Juncos, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Warbling Vireo all feeding their young.
Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following forty-five species of birds:
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, , Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Black Swift, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brown-headed Cowbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill House Finch, American Goldfinch and
Pine Siskin
An American Kestrel was observed hovering about the field at the Ugly Dwarf Meadows in Nanoose Bay.
Two Albino Common Ravens were seen in among several Common Ravens at the Qualicum Civic Center Park in Qualicum Beach.
Common Nighthawks were seen above Dumont Road in Nanaimo.
Fifty Black Swifts were spotted above Nanaimo Lakes Road in Nanaimo.
A Barred Owl has been observed flying back and forth on Western Acres Road in Nanaimo.
Thursday, May 05:
A second year California Gull was seen at Columbia Beach.
Wednesday, June 04:
A dark phase Snow Goose was seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
A Common Nighthawk was seen flying over Parksville.
Tuesday, June 03:
A Bullock's Oriole, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Red Crossbills, a pair of Red Breasted Sapsuckers, Purple Finch, Anna's Hummingbirds, Pine Siskins, House Finch and American Goldfinch were seen in a yard in Cedar.
Monday June 02:
Two adult and two young Great Horned Owls were seen about 200 yards off the end of Wiltshire Road in Linley Valley, Nanaimo.
Two Osprey, a Virginia Rail, a white phase Snow Goose and a dark phase Snow Goose were seen at Buttertubs March in Nanaimo.
A Bullock's Oriole was seen in the York Lake area near Cedar and Nairne Road in Cedar.
Sunday June 01:
A Western Wood-pewee was seen along Rentz Road near the Coldwater Farm in Parksville.
An Olive-sided Flycatcher was seen in the woods along Renz Road at Parkville.
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
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The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday June 12, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday June 23, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Wednesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Visitor Centre in Parksville at 9 A.M. Wednesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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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.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on June 15, 2008, will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the Parking Lot at Neck Point Park off Hammond Bay Road about 9:20A.M.
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Good birding
Neil Robins
Nanaimo
British Columbia

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