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.

Sunday, 10 May 2020

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Report
May 10, 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: Great Egret (C. Golby)
Friday May 1, 2020
Great Egret was seen in the marsh at the end of Fielding Road in Cedar. The bird was only seen the one day.
Saturday May 2, 2020:
Black-headed Grosbeaks were a popular sighting this day as we had reports from South Nanaimo, Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary, Nanaimo, Lantzville and up to Parksville. 
Chipping Sparrow was seen at a backyard feeder on Aulds road in Lantzville.
Thursday May 7, 2020:
Indigo Bunting (male) was seen at the parking lot of Jacks Point Trail near the Duke Point ferry terminal.
Wilson’s Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler and American Goldfinch were seen at McGregor’s Ponds Nanaimo.
Sunday May 10, 2020:
Common Yellowthroat was seen and heard singing at Brookwood Marsh Nanaimo, along with a female Anna’s Hummingbird seen taking nesting material away.
Hooded Merganser was seen on McGregor’s Pond Nanaimo.
Black-headed Grosbeak, Chipping Sparrow, and Yellow Warbler were seen and heard in the hospital near Forest drive and Honeysuckle Terrace.
Photo: Black-headed Grosbeak (R. Hocken)
Backyard Feeder Notes:
Happy Mother’s Day! This week has been entertaining with the first of the new fledglings out. At the store we have a lone juvenile Dark-eyed Junco being fed by two adults and the odd juvenile Anna’s Hummingbird visiting. The chickadee young are very noisy in the nest box when the adults arrive to feed them and I expect them to take flight shortly. Activity at the feeders is quieter as the adults are busy finding insects to feed the young. Once the young fledge there is usually a short burst of activity at the feeders before they head out into the big world.
Black-headed Grosbeaks have arrived and are busy visiting backyard feeders along with Chipping Sparrows and American Goldfinch. It has been interesting to watch a pair of House Finch regularly feeding at my backyard suet feeder, as this is the first time if have seen House Finch constantly feed on suet.
Watch for warblers visiting the backyard adding a splash of colour. Yellow, Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers are what I usually can see visiting and attacking the apple tree blossoms.

The Sunday and Tuesday Bird Walks
temporarily postponed
Please watch for further updates when the walks will resume.

Here is one of our bird walk list from a couple years ago at the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery with a brief stop at the Brant Viewing Tower in Qualicum Beach in May 2018. Eighteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:                     
American Dipper
Iceland Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-wing Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Eurasian-collared Dove
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Rufous Hummingbird
Swanson’s Thrush
European Starling
Western Tanager
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler 
Yellow Warbler
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch
Photo: Wilson’s Warbler (J. Morrison)
Good birding! Colin

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669

Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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