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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 July 2015

Nanaimo bird report, July 12, 2015


To report your sightings phone the Store at
250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
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, June 12, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Ladysmith Harbour in Ladysmith. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm. We watched the Purple Martins out in full force.  We watched them from the marina dock as they flew to their nestboxes to feed their fledglings. The majority of the nest boxes had six young to feed. Several American Goldfinch were feeding near the trail. A Black Oystercatcher flew along the shoreline, calling as it went by.

Purple Martin pair: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Five birders saw and heard the following twenty-one species:
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
 Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Saturday, July 11:
A Chukar was spotted along Lake Heights Place in Nanaimo. 

Thursday July 09:
Well over forty Common Nighthawks and more than twenty Black Swifts flew over Kite Way in Nanaimo. 

Two Eastern Kingbirds were seen near a pond in Coombs. 

Wednesday July, 01:
Glaucous-winged Gulls, Thayer’s Gulls, Mew Gulls, five  Ring-billed Gulls twelve Bonaparte Gulls and several Common Mergansers, were seen on the water at Union Bay.

Ring-billed Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo. 


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 walks will resume on September 08, 2015


The Sunday bird walk on July 19, 2015 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs off Bowen Road at about 9:15 a.m.

British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---
Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:  thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com  

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