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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.
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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Nanaimo Bird Report, September 9, 2020


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report Nanaimo Bird Report, September 9, 2020 BIRD REPORT“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING: To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo Bird Report, September 9, 2020


To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.caPlease 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.


White-winged Scoter (R. Hocken)

September 8, 2020:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park. The weather was sunny, 18 degrees, winds were calm and the tide was on its way in. We reversed our route as the tide was still out a ways. Near the marsh behind the nature house we saw Yellow Warbler, Cassin’s Vireo, American Goldfinch and many of finch and sparrow species. We wandered through the campground to the water and saw White-winged Scoters, Marbled Murrelet, Pacific Loons and a few others species on the water. It was a very active day compared to a bird walk here last year.

8 birders saw and heard the following 41 species:

Canada Goose


Green-winged Teal

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Turkey Vulture

Black Turnstone


Bonaparte’s Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Marbled Murrelet

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Cassin’s Vireo

Common Raven

Barn Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper


Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

Yellow Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Lincoln Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red Crossbill

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

September 7, 2020:

A Steller’s Jay and Golden-crowned Sparrow were visiting a backyard in the hospital area on Forest Drive.

Savannah Sparrow (J. Morrison)

Backyard Feeder Notes:

Where are the birds, is the common question we are hearing this week. Last year I remember the feeders being busier but last year the natural seed was not as plentiful as it is this year. This is a cycle that happens when one year there is an abundance of natural seed and not many birds at the feeders, including Steller’s Jays, to a few years later when natural seed is limited and the backyard feeders are busy including plenty of Steller’s Jays. We see this on the bird walks as well, where last year at Rathtrevor we saw 20 species with no chickadees or finches seen. This year we saw 41 species including most of the finches along with the chickadees, nuthatches and others. Birds feed on natural seeds first with feeders being a supplementary food source for the birds.

Soon the Dark-eyed Juncos will begin to return then shortly after Song Sparrows and then rest of the regular visitors for the winter.


By David Allen Sibley

"Sibley answers all kinds of questions people have about birds . . . [His] exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life." —Birdwatching. 


Dark-eyed Junco (R. Hocken)

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.

Covid-19 Precautions

  • Please do not attend if you have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
  • Do not attend if you have been sick or in contact with someone possibly sick in the last 14 days.
  • Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.
  • Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.

The Tuesday Bird Walk

September 15

Will be going to the Englishman River Estuary – Plummer 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 at the corner by the trail head just before the subdivision on Plummer Road Parksville at 9:10.


The Sunday Bird Walk

September 13

Will be going to the Nanoose Bay Estuary

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or meet us at the end of Nanoose Beach Road at 9:15.

Good birding!

Colin Bartlett



Please Note

Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!



6314 Metral Drive

Nanaimo B.C.V9T-2L8

Phone: 250-390-3669

Fax: 250-390-1633

Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

WEBSITE: www.thebackyard.ca




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