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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, 10 July 2016

Nanaimo bird report, July 10, 2016


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, July 10, 2016:

 The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny with calm winds Purple Martins, Violet-green Swallows, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow and Northern Rough-wing Swallows were seen overhead all morning. Young fledgling Barn Swallows were perched on a branch just off the trail with an adult Swallow appearing regularly to feed them. A large flock of Bushtits was spotted feeding on a conifer next to the trail giving us great views. Common Yellowthroats and Wilson’s Warbler entertained us with their songs as we walked the trail. 

Eighteen birders including visiting birders from Duncan and North Vancouver saw and heard the following thirty-four species: 


 Pied-billed Grebe 

 Wood Duck

 Hooded Merganser

 Turkey Vulture

Northern Flicker

 Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Purple Martin

Violet-green Swallow

Barn Swallow

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-wing Swallow

  Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch


 Marsh Wren

 Bewick's Wren

Anna’s Hummingbird

   Eurasian Collared Dove

Band-tailed Pigeon

 American Robin

Western Tanager

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow Warbler

   Common Yellowthroat

Wilson’s Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Black-head Grosbeak

 Spotted Towhee

 Song Sparrow

  Red-winged Blackbird

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow      

Saturday, July 09:
A large flock of Bushtits are feeding on a suet feeder along Boundary Crescent in Nanaimo.

Monday, July 04:

 A mixed flock of over seventy Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers and one Sanderling were seen at the Plummer Road mudflats in Parksville 

Pacific-slope Flycatcher nest in Qualicum Beach 

Photo by Stuart Spracklan



Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday & Tuesday. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.  The Tuesday bird walk has ended for the summer. They will resume on September 06, 2016.


The Sunday bird walk on July 17, 2016 will be going to Ladysmith Harbour. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the left side of Transfer Beach parking area in Ladysmith at about 9:40 a.m.


“National Birdday”


Purple Martin Open House  Sat., July 16th   2 – 4 pm 

            at Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina


Good birding             

Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

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