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.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

July 30, 2019 Tuesday Bird Walk report

Tuesday Bird Walk

Parksville/Qualicum Beach

On July 30th the Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery. The morning was overcast with the odd sprinkle and the winds were light. A few highlights from the walk were a singing Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Black-throated Gray Warbler all seen in one spot. We also saw 7 Turkey Vultures soaring across the sky while watching Black Swifts feeding. Our parking lot bird was seeing 2 American Dippers in the river.

American Dipper, photo by Ralph hocken

Twelve birders including birders from California and Taiwan saw and heard the following thirty seven (37) species:

Great Blue Heron

Copper’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Northern Flicker

American Dipper

Belted Kingfisher

Black Swift

Pileated Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Pacific-sloped Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Common Raven

Violet-green Swallow

Warbling Vireo

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

Swainson’s Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Wilsons Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Common Yellow-throat

Browned-headed Cowbird

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Spotted Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Red Crossbill

American Goldfinch

The Sunday Bird Walk: there will be NO Bird Walk on August 4th.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on August6, 2019 will be going to Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am or at the parking area on Admiral Tyron blvd, at 9:20 a.m. 

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

Good birding
Colin Bartlett


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669

Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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