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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.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Nanaimo Wekly Bird Report August 5, 2019

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

August 5, 2019


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 was seen and location of your sighting.

Sunday August 4:

There was no bird walk this Sunday.

Pacific-slope Flycatcher, photo by Ralph Hocken

Tuesday July 30:

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.

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

American Dipper, photo by Ralph Hocken.

Monday July 29:

Large flocks of gulls were reported flying over the Rock City area in Departure Bay. Many species of gull were seen including Ring-billed Gull and Glaucous Gull.

Thursday July25:

Long-billed Dowitchers were still being seen at the Marshall Stevens estuary in Qualicum Beach. They were located at the north end in a mud channel near the beach parking area.

Backyard Feeder Notes:

The backyard feeders are busy with Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Bushtits and Red-breasted Nuthatches making frequent visits to the suet, peanuts and sunflower seeds. The finches have been quiet at my feeders and the occasional finch makes a visit to the store feeders.

I am waiting to see the next brood of Northern Flickers start visiting the feeders, which should be in the next week based on past years. They are always entertaining to watch as they learn to fend for themselves.

Keep that birdbath fresh and clean as many species of birds will be looking for a drink and bath, especially in the hot days of August.

With the hot summer days remember to change the sugar water in you hummingbird feeder a couple times a week or more, especially if it is in the sun for part of the day.

Red-breasted Nuthatch, photo by Ralph Hocken

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 August 6, 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. 

The Sunday Bird Walk:

Sorry there will be no Bird Walk this Sunday August 11.

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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