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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, 5 February 2017

Nanaimo bird report, February 05, 2017

“Nanaimo bird report”

“Explore Nature--Go Birding”

To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail thebirdstore@shaw.ca
Please remember when reporting a sighting please leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sightings.

Sunday bird walk, February 5, 2017

Due to the weather and slippery conditions the February 5 the Sunday Bird Walk was cancelled.

Friday, February 04, 2017

A pair of Great Horned Owls were calling back and forth from the trees on the ridge above Colbourne Drive in Nanaimo. They stayed for quite a while and were just visible against the twilight sky.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, January 31, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk on January 31, 2017 went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds, although the Strait of Georgia was a little rough and the tide was high. We saw sixty Brant Geese, hundreds of Dunlin, six Black Turnstones, twelve Black-bellied Plovers and one Black Oystercatcher all feeding along the tide line not far from us. We saw Wing-winged Scoters, Bufflehead, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific Loons and Common Loons further off shore. A Red-breasted Sapsucker flew across the road and landed in a tall conifer. A Hermit Thrush was spotted in the grass and then flew into a bushy area.  We spotted the Thrush again at the edge of a bush where it stayed for a long time giving us all excellent views.

 Twenty-two birders including a visiting birder from Finland saw and heard the following forty-eight species:

Canada Geese 


Harlequin Duck

Greater Scaup

Surf Scoter

Wing-winged Scoter


Barrow’s Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Long-tailed Duck

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Western Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Marbled Murrelet

Common Murre

Mew Gull

Thayer's Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull


Black Turnstone

Black-bellied Plover

Black Oystercatcher

Bald Eagle

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Northern Flicker

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

American Robin

Hermit Thrush

Anna’s Hummingbird

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Spotted Towhee

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Song Sparrow 


An Orange-crowned Warbler was seen visiting a suet feeder in a backyard along Gulfview Drive in north Nanaimo.  

The Tuesday bird walk on February 07, 2017 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Deep Bay Marine parking lot at about 9:30 a.m.

The Sunday bird walk on February 12, 2017 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m

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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