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, 17 May 2020

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report
May 17, 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: Barred Owl (J. Morrison)

Friday May 8, 2020

Barred Owl was seen in Bowen Park. (Look for Barred Owls near the fish channels)

Saturday May 9, 2020:

Osprey and Olive-sided Flycatcher were seen at Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.

Northern Shoveler and Blue-winged Teal were seen in the Morning Star Pond in French Creek.

House Wren was seen at Colbourne Drive and Broadmoor Place Nanaimo.

Tuesday  May 12, 2020:

Peregrine Falcon pair was seen at the bottom of Blueback Road and Icarus Drive in Nanaimo.

Thursday May 14, 2020:

Whimbrel was seen at Columbia Beach in French Creek.

Friday May 15, 2020:

Cinnamon Teal was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary from the Maki Road side.

Sunday May 17, 2020:

Seen at Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Western Tanager, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Black-headed Grosbeaks.

Photo: Cinnamon Teal (J. Morrison)

Backyard Feeder Notes:

Not too much different happening at the backyard feeder this past week other than there seems to be a few less birds visiting. With the adults feeding their young insects I figure in about two weeks there will be more activity at the feeders as the young leave the nests.
At the store’s bird feeders we mostly see White-crowned Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Spotted Towhees and House Sparrows. These few species have been busy bathing as much as they have been feeding. At home the feeders are busy with finches, House Finch, Pine Siskin’s, occasional visit from the Black-headed Grosbeak but no American Goldfinch.
We have received more reports of Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks visiting backyard feeders again this past week, and just waiting for the first Common Nighthawks to arrive.
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The Sunday and Tuesday Bird Walks
temporarily postponed
Please watch for further updates when the walks will resume.

Here is a list of birds seen in Bowen Park on one of the Sunday Bird Walks in August 2017. Twenty four species were seen and heard:

Mallard
Barred Owl
Rock Pigeon
American Dipper
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna’s Hummingbird
Western Tanager
Purple Martin
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
California Quail
Orange-crowned Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Photo: Western Tanager (J. Morrison)

Good birding!
Colin Bartlett

The Backyard
Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
NEW WEBSITE: www.thebackyard.ca

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