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.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010


Snow Bunting: John Purves Photo.

To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca

Also check the birdstore blog for the latest bird alerts and updates:

Post your sightings on this site:

Birding in Central and South America:

Identify backyard birds:
National Geographic Bird Identifier Site

Birds of British Columbia:

International Birdwatching Guides

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching
with: http://www.birdingpal.org/

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

Wednesday December 29, 2010:
A pair of Eurasian Collared Doves and four Evening Grosbeaks are visiting feeders in a yard along Tulsa Road in Nanaimo.

Tuesday December 28:
A Snow Bunting was seen at the point at Deep Bay.

Seven Trumpeter Swans were spotted flying over Meridian Way in Parksville.

A Varied Thrush is visiting suet feeders on an apartment balcony along Boundary Crescent in Nanaimo.

Snow Bunting at Deep Bay: John Purves Photo.

Monday December 27:
A female Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen in a backyard in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo and four Trumpeter Swans and a Bald Eagle were seen flying over the yard.

Sunday December 26:
Large numbers of Dark-eyed Juncos, Spotted Towhees, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, four Varied Thrush and sixteen Evening Grosbeaks were visiting feeders in a backyard along the 600 block of Lancewood Avenue in upper Lantzville.

Wednesday December 22:
A Barred Owl was seen and photographed at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Tuesday December 21:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach, The morning was cloudy and the wind off the water was very strong. The tide was high. We saw a flock of twenty Brant Geese flying high overhead and seven Brant flying low over the water--all heading down the Strait of Georgia.
Rafts of Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Horned Grebe's, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorants were seen not far offshore bouncing on the hugh waves.
Nine birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species of birds:
Brant, American Wigeon, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Mew Gull,California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Rock Pigeon, Anna's Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow and House Sparrow.

Horned Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Sunday December 19:
A Snow Bunting was seen and photographed at Deep Bay near the point.

Two Anna's Hummingbirds and a Sharp-shinned Hawk are visiting a backyard
in the 800 block of Patrick Drive in Parksville.

Twelve Varied Thrush, a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, a Downy Woodpecker, Six Northern Flickers, six Steller's Jays, Chestnut Chickadees, Bushtits, Spotted Towhees, Dark-eyed Juncos, Red-breasted Nuthatches, House Finch, Song Sparrows, Pine Siskins, Bewicks Wren and Sharp-shinned Hawk are visiting feeders in the 2700 block of Lintlaw Road in Nanaimo

Fifteen Evening Grosbeaks, a Fox Sparrow, a flock of American Goldfinch, a Bewick's Wren, Dark-eyed Juncos, several Northern Flickers, Steller's Jay, a Pileated Woodpecker, Anna's Hummingbirds and House Finch are visiting feeders on a third floor balcony in the apartments behind the Firehall at Parksville.

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
FOR DETAIL CONTACT thebackyard@shaw.ca
or call The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 250-390-3669
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 on January 04, 2011 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park. We will meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park, at the parking area in front of the Lions Playground at 9 A.M. or at the main parking area at Rathtrevor Provincial Park at about 9: 15 A.M.--"Please note there is a parking fee at Rathtrevor Park"!
The Sunday Bird Walks will be going to Nanoose Bay on January 09, 2011,
We will meet at the Backyard Store at 9:00A.M. or the parking area behind the Church Camp (off Nanoose Beach Road and Highway 19) at about 9:20 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250.390.1633 fax
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG---> www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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