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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, 9 December 2007

Nanaimo bird alert















Cedar Waxwing: Photo by Ralph Hocken

To report your sightings
please phone the Store at 390-3669
or e-mail us at
thebackyard@shaw.ca
or call the Bird Alert at 390-3029
Post your sightings on these sites:
"Christmas Bird Counts"
If you would like to participate in one or all of the Christmas Bird Counts, contact the following people:

Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count
December 14, 2007
Contact-Rhys Harrison at
rhysharrison@shaw.ca
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Parksville--Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count
December 16, 2007
Contact- Sandra Gray at
saninerr@shaw.ca
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The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count
Sunday December 30, 2007
Contact- Carlo Pavan
cpavan@uvic.ca
Phone-758-3765
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Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date and location of your sighting.

Sunday December 09, 2007:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Among the highlights were the sighting of a Merlin chasing a large flock of Pine Siskins, one Red-tailed Hawk perched in a tall fir tree and, at the end of the walk, we saw eight Cedar Waxwings in a berry tree next to the Bowen Road entrance. Eleven birders found the following thirty species: Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Merlin, Red-tailed Hawk, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Flicker, Rock Pigeon, Northwestern Crow, Steller's Jay, Bewick's Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, American Robin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, California Quail, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, House Finch and House Sparrows.

Saturday December 08:
A Townsend's Warbler, a Wilson's Snipe, a Lincoln's Sparrow and a flock of Cedar Waxwings were seen in the woods at French Creek.

Friday December 07:
A Common Murre was seen at Stones Marina next to the Muddy Waters Pub in downtown Nanaimo.

Thursday December 06:
OUT OF TOWN "RARE BIRD ALERT" COOK'S PETREL
A Cook's Petrel was found on a front porch in Lilllooet in the Coast Mountains on the mainland. The Cook's Petrel nests on Islands near New Zealand in the south Pacific.

Wednesday December 05:
Two Varied Thrush were seen at a ground feeder in Boat Harbour in Cedar.

Tuesday December 04:
An American Kestrel was seen at the top of a tree at the Ugly Dwarf Meadows in Nanoose Bay.
A Silver Pheasant was seen off Bayshore Drive towards the Ocean in Nanaimo.
A Wilson's Snipe was spotted in the field near the Recreation Centre in Duncan
Monday December 03:
Seven Northern Flickers, including a yellow-shafted Northern Flicker, along with Song Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos and Spotted Towhees were seen along East Wellington Road in south Nanaimo.

Sunday December 02:
A Townsend's Warbler was spotted in the trees at French Creek.
For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a
bird please call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ (250) 390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday January 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
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The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday January 10, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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The Wednesday Bird Walks will resume in the New Year.
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There will be no Sunday Bird Walk on December 16, 2007.
The Sunday Bird Walks will resume in the New Year.
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Good Birding!
Neil Robins
Nanaimo

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