We’re Hiring

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 November 2017


To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669Or 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, November 12, 2017:
This Sunday’s Bird walk was cancelled because of the weather!!

A Northern Pygmy-Owl was seen visiting a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville.

Saturday, November 11:
A Mountain Bluebird was seen at the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side in Parksville.

Thursday, November 09:
A Mourning Dove was spotted in with a flock of Eurasian–Collared Doves along Jingle Pot Road in Nanaimo.

             Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, November 07:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River on the Plummer Road side in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the strait of Georgia.  We spotted a Northern Harrier at the beginning of the morning flying just above the grass. The Harrier then perched on a log to give us great views.  A Cooper's Hawk and a Merlin flew over head. A very large flock of American Wigeon’s, with one Eurasian Wigeon were seen swimming in the flooded estuary. Three flocks of Dunlin and a flock of Black-bellied Plovers were seen flying up the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Clark’s Grebe swimming up the Strait and we were entertained by him for about thirty minutes.
Clark’s Grebe (front) and a Western Grebe (back): Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twelve birders saw and heard the following fifty-seven Species:
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
 Mallard Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
 Greater Scaup
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
Ancient Murrelet
Common Murre
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
 Horned Grebe
 Clark’s Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Brandt’s Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
 Northern Harrier
 Cooper's Hawk
Black-bellied Plover
  Mew Gull
 California Gull
Iceland Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Belted Kingfisher
Anna's Hummingbird
 Northern Flicker
Common Raven
 Northwestern Crow
 Steller’s Jay
Eurasian-collared Dove
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
Bewick’s Wren
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Spotted Towhee
 Fox Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Pine Siskin
 House Finch
                                               Northern Harrier: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Friday, November 03:
A White-throated Sparrow was seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

A Canvas-backed Duck was spotted at Divers Lake in Nanaimo.

Wednesday, November 01:
A flock of White-winged Crossbills were seen at Buttertubs Marsh in 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.  We leave from the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings and go to a different location in the Oceanside area.   *******************************************************************
The Tuesday bird walk on November 14, 2017 will be going to Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Blvd. (turn onto Columbia Drive off highway 19a then turn right onto Admiral Tryon Blvd.  Go about one hundred yards and turn left to the parking area) at about 9:15 a.m.
The Sunday walk on November 19, 2017 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at parking lot at Neck Point in Nanaimo 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

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