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.

Monday, 22 April 2019

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report
Nanaimo Bird Report, April 21, 2019

To report your sightings please 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 was seen and location of your sighting.

April 19, 2019,

Over forty White-fronted Geese were seen flying southwest over the Nanaimo Hospital towards Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 16, 2019:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  A Wilson’s Warbler was seen at the start of the walk. We heard and then saw several Orange-crowned Warblers during the walk.  A pair of American Kestrel were perched high up in a tall tree giving us great views at the edge of the forest.  A Barred Owl was seen next to the trunk of a tree and then flew giving us an excellent sighting.  We had several sightings of male Anna's Hummingbirds during the walk.  One Red-wing Blackbird was perched high in a tree at the edge of the forest.
Wilson’s Warbler: John Morrison Photo:

Twenty-four birders including visiting birders from Ontario and Alberta saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
American Kestrel
Barred Owl
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Band-tailed Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Red-wing Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Two Sooty Grouse were heard calling along Westwood Ridge in Nanaimo.

There was no Sunday Bird Walk on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019:

Please Note:Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 23, 2019 will be going to the Moorecroft Regional Park.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at Moorecroft Regional Park (follow Northwest Bay Road to Stewart Road and then follow the signs to the Park at 1563 Stewart Road) in Nanoose Bay at  about 9:25 am. 

The Sunday Bird Walk on April 27 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or under the Hydro lines on Normarel Drive, (off Highway 19 in upper Lantzville at Superior Road follow Superior Road to Normatel Drive). at about 9:15 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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