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, 28 December 2008

Pileated Woodpecker: 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

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

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching with:

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

Sunday, December 28, 2008:

A pair of Anna's Hummingbirds and seven Steller's Jays have been visiting feeders in the 3400 block of Osprey Outlook in the Hammond Bay area of Nanaimo.

Four American Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Juncos, House Finch, Song Sparrows, Varied Thrush, Brewers Blackbirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, Northern Flickers, a Pileated Woodpecker and a Red-breasted Sapsucker are visiting feeders in a backyard in the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville.

December 27:
A Barred Owl, a Cooper's Hawk and a Virginia Rail were seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Friday December 26:
A male Anna's Hummingbird is visiting feeders for the first time in the 100 block of Garden Road West in Qualicum Beach.

Thursday December 25:
A pair of Varied Thrush are visiting feeders in Deep Bay.

Tuesday December 23:
Anna's Hummingbirds are visiting feeders along Vancouver Avenue and Departure Bay Road in Nanaimo.

Monday December 22:
A Red-breasted Sapsucker was seen in a yard in the 4800 block of Finnerty Place in Nanaimo.

Four Varied Thrush, many European Starlings, a Northern Flicker, a Red-breasted Sapsucker, Dark-eyed Juncos, Chestnut-backed Chickadees and an American Goldfinch are visiting feeders along Cosgrove Crescent in the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo.

Over 100 Pine Siskins and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet are visiting a yard near Cat Stream in Nanaimo.

An Orange-crowned Warbler was visiting a suet feeder along Bluebell Terrace in Nanaimo.

Sunday December 21:
Anna's Hummingbirds are visiting feeders along Sherwood Drive, in the Westwood Lake area and in the 5600 block of Lost Lake Road in Nanaimo.

A Pileated Woodpecker has been seen in the 2500 block of Departure Bay in Nanaimo.

A Song Sparrow is visiting feeders along Montana Road in Chase River.

Sunday December 07:
A Snowy Owl was seen at the top of Buckley Bay main Logging Road.

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
Thursday January 08, 2009, 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday January 26, 2009@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday 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 Beach Community Park at 9 A.M. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.

The Tuesday Bird Walk will resume on January 13, 2009.


The Sunday Bird Walks will resume on February 01, 2009.

"Birding on the Lower Mainland"
There is a birding trip being planned to Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Boundary Bay on January 10, 2009.
If you are interested in joining the birding trip please contact Roger Taylor at hoopoe@shaw.ca

Good birding
Neil Robins

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