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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, 13 January 2008















Mountain Bluebirds at Nanoose Bay: Ralph Hocken Photo.

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:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date and location of your sighting.

Sunday January 13:
The Parksville, Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count counted 112 species and over 26,000 birds.
Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets are visiting feeders along Boundary Crescent in Nanaimo
Trumpeter Swans, Canada Geese, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Bald Eagles, Common Golden-eye, Barrow's Golden-eye, Buffhead, Red-breasted Mergansers, Mew Gulls, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gulls, Thayer's Gull, Green-winged Teal, Horned Grebes, Double Crested Cormorant, Northern Pintail and American Wigeon were seen at the Nanoose Bay Estuary.
Three California Quail were seen at feeders in the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo.

Saturday January 12:
A Great Horned Owl was seen along Colbourne Crescent in North Nanaimo.
Two Silver Pheasants were seen along Athena Place in North Nanaimo.
Two Cackling Geese were seen in with a flock of Canada Geese at the Ugly Dwarf meadows in Nanoose Bay.

Friday January 11:
Two Mountain Bluebirds were spotted at the Nanoose Edibles in the berry
orchard along Stewart Avenue in Nanoose Bay.

Thursday January 10:
Canada Goose, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern
Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Mew Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher,American Crow, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brewer's Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin were seen along the Englishman River Estuary Shelly Road side in Parksville.

Wednesday January 09:
A large flock of Trumpeter Swans were seen in a farmer's field near Hill Road and
Cedar Road in Cedar.

An American Kestrel was seen perched high in a tree at the Ugly Dwarf
Meadows in Nanoose Bay.
A male Common Merganser and a Hooded Merganser were seen at Buttertubs
Marsh in Nanaimo.
A female Sharp-shinned Hawk was spotted in the tall fir trees behind the Government Weigh Scales in Parksville.

Tuesday January 08:
An Anna's Hummingbird was spotted at feeders in the 2500 block of Glenayr
Drive in the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo.

Over 3000 Pine Siskins were seen swarming in trees along River Bend Road near t
he Nanaimo River in Cassidy.

Monday January 07:
A large flock of American Robins were turning over leaves in the forest at the
top of Corfield Street in Parksville. They were soon joined on the ground by Northern Flickers, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, Dark-eyed Junco and Purple Finch. A flock of sixty Pine Siskin's were gleaning from the buds on the Alder Trees.
A Peregrine Falcon flew high over the trees.

A female Long-tailed Duck, a Buffhead and a Horned Grebe were seen feedingtogether at the Deep Bay Spit.


Sunday January 05:
A Common Murre was spotted about ten feet from shore at Piper's Lagoon in Nanaimo.

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 February 14, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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The Wednesday Bird Walk on January 16, 2008 will be going to the Englishman River Plummer Road side. We will meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, near Craig Bay in Parksville, at 9:00 AM or at the Corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walks will resume February 03, 2008
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Good Birding!
Neil Robins
Nanaimo

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