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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, 21 August 2016

Nanaimo bird report, August 21, 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, August 21, 2016:

The Sunday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and warm. We had great views of a Savannah Sparrow perched on a snag not far from us. We also saw a White-crowned Sparrow, a Chipping Sparrow and

a Lincoln’s Sparrow just off the trail. A Common Loon, a Pigeon Guillemot and a Double-crested Cormorant were seen on the Strait of Georgia. Two Cooper's Hawks flew overhead just above the treetops.

Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seventeen birders including a visiting birder from Ontario saw and heard the following thirty-one species: 

Canada Geese


 Horned Grebe

 Common Merganser

 Great Blue Heron

Black Oystercatcher

 Common Loon

 Pigeon Guillemot

  Double-crested Cormorant

Turkey Vulture

Cooper's Hawk


  Barn Swallow

California Gull

 Glaucous-winged Gull

 Northern Flicker

Northwestern Crow

 Common Raven

 Eurasian Collared Dove

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bewick’s Wren

 Red-breasted Nuthatch

 Anna’s Hummingbird

Spotted Towhee

 White-crowned Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow 

 Purple Finch

 American Goldfinch 

 Pine Siskin   
                                        Lincoln’s Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Saturday, August 20:

A Spotted Sandpiper was seen at Beck Lake in south Nanaimo.


Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on 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 walks have ended for the summer. They will resume on September 06, 2016.

The Sunday bird walk on August 28, 2016 will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot near the Bowling Green at Bowen Park off Bowen Road at about 9:20 a.m.


     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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