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- 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.
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Thursday, 21 February 2008

Wednesday bird walk---Deep Bay

Surf Scoters: Ralph Hocken Photo

The Wednesday Bird Walk went to
Deep Bay. Among the highlights of the morning were the sightings of at least fifty Long-tailed Ducks--many as close as five feet from the shore.

A large flock of Dunlin greeted us as we arrived, flying in a large cloud near a gravel bar. There were large flocks of Pacific Loons, White-winged Scoters, Surf Scoters, Horned and Red-necked Grebes further off shore. We stopped at Nile Creek on the way back and saw about three thousand Thayer’s Gulls along with two California Gulls and a few Mew Gulls roosting along the tide-line. There was a huge raft of an estimated five thousand to six thousand Western Grebes and at least two Clark’s Grebes a little further out on the Strait. Hugh rafts of Common Murres were seen bobbing further off shore.

Eight birders found the following forty-one species:

Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark's grebe, Brandt's Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Dunlin, Bald Eagle, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Rock Pigeon, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch and Red Crossbill.

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store's weekly bird walk in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area is on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. Participants meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road in Parksville at 9:00 A.M.
Snow, rain and/or heavy winds will deter us--but we will plan a walk for every week. Everyone is welcome to bring their binoculars and join us for a morning of birding. For the weekly location of the birdwalk, please call Neil Robins at (250) 954-1928 or the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store at (250) 390-3669.

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