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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.

Thursday, 26 May 2011


May 23, 2011

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

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


The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy / Dumont Marsh in upper Lantzville. Weather was overcast and the birds were quiet. Highlights were Wilson’s Warblers, Yellow Warble and great views of Western Tanagers.

Twelve birders saw and heard the following 44 species of birds: Canada Geese, Wood Duck, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Steller’s Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Pacific Wren, European Starling, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, American Goldfinch,, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin.


Pair of Harlequin Ducks was seen just above Second Lake of the Nanaimo lakes chain, which is located at the end of Nanaimo Lakes Road.

2 American Dippers seen under the cement bridge at upper lake at Colliery Dam Park Nanaimo.

1 Spotted Sandpiper seen at the upper lake of Colliery Dam park.

Evening Grosbeaks are still visiting a feeder in upper Lantzville along with Black-headed Grosbeak.


At Colliery Dam Park, a Barred Owl was heard calling, Turkey Vulture was seen overhead, and a Red-breasted Sapsucker was observed using a nesting cavity in a cedar tree next to the paved trail.

Silver Pheasant was seen in a backyard on Fillinger Crescent Nanaimo.

Silver Pheasant, male. Customer photo.


Seen at lot 10, end of Kincaid road, Qualicum Beach, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Macgillivray’s Warbler, and Wilson’s Warbler. A family of Great Horned Owls with two adults and two downy fledglings.
Also reported was an unusual male Brown-headed Cowbird that had a white cap and collar.

Western Tanagers have been reported at Maki road and island highway as well as Laguna Way in Nanaimo. There have also been numerous reports of the Western Tanagers as they are just returning.


The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning started out cool, but soon became sunny and warm making a great morning to bird. The highlights included hearing and then seeing a MacGillivray's Warbler perched and singing on the top of bushes along the trail not far from us. We watched as a Caspian Tern hovered and then dived into the ocean just past the shore line for about twenty minutes. Fourteen birders, including two visitors from New Zealand, saw and heard the following 41 species of birds:
Brant, Mallard, Pacific Loon, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Black Oystercatcher, Glaucous-winged Gull, Caspian Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Varied Thrush,
European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin.


A pair of Eurasian Collared Doves was seen in a backyard on Roberta West in the Chase River area. These doves are an introduced species and are commonly being reported in the central island area.


A Barred Owl was seen in the forest off Homestead Way in Ladysmith.

Arrowsmith Naturalists Meeting Monday May 30
Genevieve Singleton, Warden of the Honey moon Bay Ecological Reserve, will tell us about this beautiful place. All welcome. For more information phone 752-7588.

Nanoose Field Naturalists Meeting.
Thursday, June 09, 7 pm in the Library on Northwest Bay Road.

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 May 24, 2011 will be going to the Plummer road side of the Englishman River Estuary. 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 trail entrance about 9:10 A.M.

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 29 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking at the end of Buttertubs Drive off Bowen road about 9:20 A.M.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Silver was seen on Waldbank Rd in Nanaimo on 06June2015. Beautiful!!!