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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.

Sunday, 12 April 2009


Osprey: 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 this 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.

Friday April 10:
An Eurasian Collared Dove was seen at the end of Kaye Road south of Parksville.

An Osprey was spotted south of Highway 19 near Colliery Dam in Nanaimo.

Tuesday April 07:
Two Orange-crowned Warblers were seen in the Nanaimo River Bridge area of the Island Highway south of Nanaimo.

A mixed flock of fifteen to twenty Violet-green Swallows and Tree Swallows were seen at the Purple Martin colony site in Ladysmith Harbour in Ladysmith.

A male Rufous Hummingbird has been visiting feeders along Eaglefield Place in Nanoose Bay.

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and the winds were calm. Seventeen birders saw and heard twenty-nine species of birds. Among the highlights of the morning were two Orange-crowned Warblers singing as we entered the trail. A Cooper's Hawk flew by very quickly. We saw a female Pileated Woodpecker excavating a nest cavity in a tall snag. Later we noticed a male Pileated Woodpecker near the same nest cavity. The Orange-crowned Warblers put in an appearance for us to see and hear them again at the end of the morning.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species of birds:
Ring-necked Pheasant, California Quail, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk,
Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow,
Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.

Monday April 06:
"Rare bird alert-Western Kingbird"
A Western Kingbird was seen in a garden along the beach at the end of Tweedhope Road in Lantzville.

A Pine Grosbeak was seen along Lorne Place in Nanaimo.

A male Rufous Hummingbird is visiting a backyard feeder on Lantzville Road in Lantzville.

Rufous Hummingbirds, Varied Thrush, Spotted Towhees, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Steller's Jays, Red-breasted Nuthatches and American Goldfinch are visiting feeders in a backyard in Errington.

Both Rufous and Anna's Hummingbirds are visiting feeders and Violet-green Swallows were seen overhead in the 4100 block of Gulfview Drive,.

Sunday April 05:
A Golden-crowned Kinglet was observed attacking a window in one of the cottages at the Tigh Na Mara Resort in Parksville.

A male Rufous Hummingbird has been visiting a backyard feeder on Lantzville Road in Lantzville.

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
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday April 27, 2009 @ 7:30 pm.
Speaker will be Dr. McAdie a wildlife veterinarian.
Topic: Vancouver Island marmot project update.
Springwood School
The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday May 14, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on 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 on April 14, 2009 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.
Meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park near the parking area at the Lion's
Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area along Industrial Way near Tuan Road (opposite Resort Way) in Parksville at about 9:15 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on April 19, will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the Hydro right of way on Normarel Drive off Superior Road and Highway 19 at about 9:15 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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