The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walk locations are found in the Backyard Bird Report at the very end of the most recent report. Any cancellations will be posted here by 8am the day of the walk.

Saturday 2 April 2022


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

April 2, 2022


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

Covid Notice

Unfortunately I have tested positive for Covid-19 and there will be no bird walks in the next week. Stay healthy, Colin.

Pacific Loon (R. Hocken)

Tuesday March 29, 2022:


The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary – Plummer Road. The weather was sunny, winds calm and the tide was going out. Highlights from the walk were a Hutton’s Vireo calling at the beginning of the walk, hundreds of Pacific Loons, and a Rufous Hummingbird perched, provident a great view of it.

18 birders saw and heard the following 53 species:

Canada Goose



American Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon


Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Surf Scoter


Barrow’s Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Northern Harrier

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture


Black Oystercatcher

Bonaparte’ Gull

Short-billed Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Eurasian Collared Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Hutton’s Vireo

Violet-green Swallow

Common Raven

American Crow

Snow Geese (R. Hocken)

Sunday March 27, 2022:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Maki Road Trail in Nanaimo. The weather was overcast. 

11 birders saw and heard the following 40 species:

Trumpeter Swans

Canada Goose

Snow Goose


Green-winged Teal

American Widgeon


Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

California Quail

Greater Yellowlegs

Glacous-winged Gull

Short-billed Gull

Eurasian Collared Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

American Crow

Steller’s Jay  

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

European Starling

American Robin

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

House Finch

Purple Finch

Rufous Hummingbird (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. The walks are weather pending.

Please check our blog ( for any cancelations.

Covid-19 Precautions

·         Do not attend if you feel ill.

·         Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.

·         Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.


The Tuesday Bird Walk, April 5, 2022

The Tuesday Bird Walk will be CANCELLED this week and resume next week April 12.

The Sunday Bird Walk, April 3, 2022

The Sunday Bird walk will be CANCELLED this week and resume next week April 10.

Good birding! Colin Bartlett 

The Backyard

Wildbird and Nature Store

6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669


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