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, 21 November 2020


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store 

Nanaimo Bird Report

November 21, 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.

Steller’s Jay (J. Morrison)


-       The Sunday and Tuesday Bird Walks have been postponed until further notice. Please check www.thebirdstore.blogspot.ca for updates.

-       Access to the Nanaimo River Estuary by Raines Road is closed due to Covid-19


Tuesday November 17, 2020:

The Tuesday Bird Walk was going to Columbia Beach but was cancelled due to  high winds and heavy rain.

Bufflehead (R. Hocken)

Sunday November 8, 2020:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Maki Road Trail. Weather was overcast with sunny breaks and was a cool day at 5 degrees. A few highlights on the walk were Cooper’s Hawk perched in the snag in the marsh, a mixed flock of Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers on the sandbanks at the mouth of the Nanaimo River  and a flock of Double-crested Cormorants flying over the Nanaimo Estuary. Trumpeter Swans were heard but not seen.

16 Birders saw and heard the following 46 species:

Trumpeter Swan

Canada Goose

American Wigeon


Northern Pintail


Common Goldeneye

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Northern Harrier

Copper’s Hawk

Red-tail Hawk

Bald Eagle


Black-bellied Plover

Bonaparte’s Gull

Mew Gull

Thayer’s Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna's Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Crow

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch


Pacific Wren

Bewick’s Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Spotted Towhee                

Song Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-wing Blackbird

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin

House Sparrow

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (R. Hocken)

Sunday November 8, 2020:

A Snow Bunting was seen at Piper’s Lagoon, Nanaimo.

 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



The Sunday Bird Walk



Good birding! Colin Bartlett

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