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, 14 June 2020

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

June 14, 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: American Dipper (R. Hocken)

Monday June 8, 2020

Common Nighthawk was seen and heard over Coal Tyee School on Mountain Vista Drive Nanaimo.

Friday June 12, 2020

American Dipper was seen at the Little Qualicum River Hatchery.

Saturday June 13, 2020:

Common Nighthawks were seen over Forest Drive near the hospital.

Sunday June 14, 2020:

The Sunday Bird Walk went out to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville this morning. Morning weather was warm at 13 degrees Celsius, clear and sunny to start. A few clouds blew in with a shower before clearing up again. Some highlights from the walk were watching a family of Red-breasted Sapsuckers along the power line trail, a flock of 17 Canada Geese fly over, and Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle and Black Swifts overhead.

10 birders saw and heard the following 51 species:

Canada Goose

Wood Duck


Pied-billed Grebe

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Black Swift

Rufous Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Hairy Woodpecker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Hammonds Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Warbling Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

Hutton’s Vireo

Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Violet-green Swallow

Tree Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch


House Wren

Bewick’s Wren

Marsh Wren

Pacific Wren

American Robin

Swainson’s Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

Townsend’s Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Wilson Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Spotted Towhee

White-crowned Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin

Photo: MacGillivray’s Warbler (J. Morrison)


The Backyard Bird Walks 

Our bird walks go out Sunday mornings in Nanaimo and Tuesday mornings in Parksville and Qualicum Beach area, are easy walks that go for two to three hours (back for lunch is the plan). Bring binoculars and a field guide.

Please check our blog (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for any cancelations.

The Sunday Bird Walk June 21, 2020 

This Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Maki Road Trail in south Nanaimo.

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

The Tuesday Bird Walk June 16, 2020:

This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery.

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 hatchery parking lot located on Claymore Road off of Laburnum Road in Qualicum Beach at 9:20 am. 

Photo: Violet-green Swallow (R. Hocken)

Good birding!

Colin Bartlett

The Backyard

Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669

Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

NEW WEBSITE: www.thebackyard.ca

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