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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, 4 January 2015

Nanaimo bird report, January 04, 2014


To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
Sunday, January 04, 2015:
                    The Sunday bird walk was cancelled due to the weather conditions! 

Friday, January 02:
Ruby Crowned Kinglets and a Townsend’s Warbler are visiting suet feeders in the 2100 block of Lintlow Road in Nanaimo. 

A Cassin’s Auklet was spotted off shore from Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo. 

Thursday, January 01:
An American Kestrel was perched on a small tree just south of the flooded fields by Quennell Lake on Quennell Road in Cedar. 

A Cassin’s Auklet was spotted off shore from Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo. 

Wednesday, December 31:
Eight Evening grosbeaks were seen along Lowry's Road in French Creek. 

A Yellow-billed Loon was seen on the Strait of Georgia off the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville

Tuesday, December 30:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny with calm winds, although it was cool in the forest out of the sunshine. We had a great morning of birding.  We watched a flock of thirty Black-bellied Plovers and about two hundred Dunlin dance in the sky for several minutes and then land on the rocks at the point. When we looked closely at the flock we discovered that there were nineteen Surfbirds in among the flock. Two Brant were just off shore. The group had great views through the scope at a Yellow-billed Loon diving and returning to the surface further off shore. A Pigeon Guillemot, two Marbled Murrelet and several flocks of Common Murre were also seen further offshore.  

Yellow-billed Loon: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Surfbirds: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twelve birders including a visiting birder from New Brunswick saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
American Widgeon
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Goldeneye
                                                  Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Long-tailed Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatchers
Glaucous-winged Gull
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Varied Thrush
                                             Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow 

A Sharp shinned Hawk was spotted flushing out California Quail from blackberry bushes along Lewis Road in Nanaimo.    

Monday, December 29:
Two Great-horned Owls were heard along Morrell Circle in Nanaimo. 

Brant in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo.

18th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival
May 1-3, 2015
For  information please contact---- 

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. on 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 06, 2015 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum beach. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.
The Sunday bird walk on January 11, 2015 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 off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.
British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/


A must read for those of us who live along the Strait of Georgia.


Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:  thebackyard@shaw.ca

Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com




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