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.

Saturday, 7 November 2020

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report November 7, 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.

Pectoral Sandpiper (R. Hocken)


-       Access to the Nanaimo River Estuary by Raines Road is closed due to Covid


Wednesday November 4, 2020:

Seen at Piper’s Lagoon Nanaimo, Dunlin, Pectoral Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull and approximately 60 Red-breasted Mergansers.

White-throated Sparrow was seen at a backyard feeder in the area of Aulds road and Arbutus Crescent in Lantzville.

Tuesday November 3, 2020:

Iceland Gull was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary from the Maki Road trail.

Tuesday November 3, 2020:

The Tuesday Bird Walk was going to go to Deep Bay but was cancelled due to weather. We will try again this Tuesday November 10 at Deep Bay.

Eurasian Wigeon (R. Hocken)

Sunday November 1, 2020:

2 Snow Geese were seen with a flock of Canada Geese at the Parksville Community Park  near the volleyball court.

The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road. The weather was sunny with no wind and seven degrees.a few highlights from the walk were Kestral, Lesser Yellowlegs, Virginia Rail, and a Barred Owl perched in the open beside the trail for all to see.

17 Birders saw and heard the following 54 species:

Canada Goose

American Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon


Northern Pintail

Harlequin Duck

White-winged Scoter

Surf Scoter


Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Bald Eagle


Virginia Rail


Lesser Yellowlegs

Mew Gull

Thayer’s Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Barred Owl

Anna's Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

American Crow

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper


Pacific Wren

Bewick’s Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

European Starling

Spotted Towhee                

Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red Crossbill

House Finch

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin

House Sparrow

Spotted Towhee (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

November 10

Will be going to the Deep Bay, again. 

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 marina parking lot in Deep Bay at 9:20am.

The Sunday Bird Walk

November 8

Will be going to the Englishman River Estuary – Plummer Raod, Parksville

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or meet us at the parking lot at the end of Mariner Way in Parksville at 9:15am. 

Good birding! Colin Bartlett

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