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.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

January 31 , 2020


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.

Photo: Bald Eagle (R. Hocken)

Sunday January 26, 2020:

Approximately 50 Bald Eagles were seen flying past and landing at Entrance Island and Gabriola Island.

There was no Sunday bird walk this week.


Photo: Harlequin Duck (R. Hocken)

Tuesday January 28, 2020:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach in French Creek. The weather was dry with light winds and spots of blue sky.

11 birders saw and heard the following 56 species:


Canada Goose

American Wigeon


Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Common Goldeneye

Barrow's Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

California Quail

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Anna's Hummingbird

Black Oystercatcher

Black Turnstone

Common Murre

Rhinoceros Auklet

Mew Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Iceland Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Cooper's Hawk

Bald Eagle

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Steller's Jay

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee


Golden-crowned Kinglet

Red-breasted Nuthatch

European Starling

Varied Thrush

House Finch

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin

Dark-eyed Junco

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Spotted Towhee

Photo: House Finch (J. Morrison)

The Sunday Bird Walk February 2, 2020:

This Sunday Bird Walk will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the end of Raines Road gravel parking lot at 9:15am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk February 4, 2020:

This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to the Englishman River Estuary – Shelly Road.

Meet at the Parksville Tourist Information Center parking lot, located by Hwy 19A, Northwest Bay road and Franklin’s Gull road in Parksville, at 9:00 am or meet at the end of Shelly Road at 9:10.

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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