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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, 27 January 2008

Red Crossbill: 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

Check out the Audubon site for the Christmas Bird Count results.

Post your sightings on these sites:

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date and location of your sighting.

Sunday January 27:
Over fifty Trumpeter Swans were seen at the Ugly Dwarf Meadows in Nanoose Bay.

Saturday January 26:
An Anna's Hummingbird was coming to feeders in the 100 block of Walkem Road in Ladysmith.
A female and two male Townsend's Warbler's are coming to suet feeders in the 1100 block of Stymie Close, Qualicum Beach.
A Townsend's Warbler and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet were visiting feeders along Shoreline Drive in Nanaimo.

Thursday January 24:
A Red-tailed Hawk was spotted in a tall Fir Tree just off Corfield Street in Parksville.
Seven Cedar Waxwings and American Robins were feeding on Holly berries and as well, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, thirty Pine Siskins, European Starlings and Bushtits were feeding at bird feeders along Beaconsfield Road in Nanaimo . Dark-eyed Juncos were feeding on the ground and a Bewick's Wren was spotted on a Plum Tree.

Wednesday January 23:
The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary.
Among the highlights was the sighting of a Bonaparte's Gull near the shoreline. The Black Scoters as well as the Pine Siskins were singing. Several Great Blue Herons were in roosting in their usual spot on the estuary.
Seven birders found the following forty-one species:
Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail,Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon,
Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Pine Siskin.

Tuesday January 22:
Canada Goose, Brant, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon,
Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant , Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron,Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Turnstone, Dunlin, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Marbled Murrelet, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Hutton's Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskins were seen at the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side.
Monday January 21:
A Red-tailed Hawk was seen perched high in a tree on the east side of Highway One a little north of the Cedar Exit in south Nanaimo.
A Townsend's Warbler was seen in the 1900 block of Bay Street in Nanaimo.

Friday January 18:
A Black Oystercatcher was spotted in Ladysmith Harbour between Transfer Beach and the Maritime Society Wharf in Ladysmith.

Tuesday January 15:
An Indigo Bunting was seen in the early morning and again late in the afternoon in Ucluelet.

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
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday January 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday February 14, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
The Wednesday Bird Walk on January 30, 2008 will be going to the Englishman River Estuary Shelly 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 Oceanside end of Shelly Road at about 9:10 A.M.
Everyone is welcome to join us on the Sunday Bird Walks. We leave from the Store at 9 am most Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo for a 2-3 hour bird walk.

The Sunday Bird Walk on February 03, 2008 will be going to Nanaimo River Estuary.
We will meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.
Good Birding!
Neil Robins

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