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.

Friday, 20 March 2020


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store



Nanaimo Bird Report

March 19, 2020


“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:

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.
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Photo: Great Blue Heron (R. Hocken)



Sunday March 8, 2020:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Neck Point Park. Weather was sunny but a cold wind out of the north. At the start of the walk a Hutton’s Vireo was calling near the parking lot. On the water there were one’s and two’s of most species no big flock of birds on the water. In the shelter of the woods we saw Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Varied Thrush, Bewick’s Wren and near the parking lot at the end of the walk we were able to see a few Golden-crowned Kinglets.

10 birders heard and saw the following 38 species:



Canada Goose

Mallard

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

Pacific Loon

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Black Oyster catcher

Mew Gull

Thayer’s Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Common Murre

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northwestern Crow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hutton’s Vireo

American Robin

Varied Thrush

European Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Pine Siskin




Photo: Killdeer (R. Hocken)

Tuesday March 3, 2020:



The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road.  A lot was seen out in the estuary with Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal and a pair of Killdeer working on a nest. Brant along with Surf and White-winged Scoters were seen flying past. A Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Shrike and a Violet-green Swallow were seen in the open field. There was lots of activity along the trail behind the homes with Bushtits, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch and a Virginia Rail.

13 birders saw and heard the following 54 species:



Snow Goose

Brant

Canada Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose

American Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Gadwall

Common Goldeneye

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Common Merganser

Horned Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Killdeer

Virginia Rail

Mew Gull

Thayer’s Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Band-tailed Pigeon

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpecker

Violet-green Swallow

Northern Shrike

Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Bushtit

Brown Creeper

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Yellow-rumped Warbler

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Song sparrow

Fox Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin


Photo: House Finch (J. Morrison)

 

BIRD WALKS



The Sunday & Tuesday Bird Walks are

CANCELLED

until further notice.

Sorry for this.





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




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