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- 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
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Monday, 21 April 2008


The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Alert
April 21 2008

To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
call the Bird Alert at 250-390-3029
or www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Also check the birdstore blog for the latest bird alerts and updates:

Post your sightings on these site:

Birds of British Columbia:

International Birdwatching Guides

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

Mountain Bluebird
Black-throated Gray Warbler

April 21, 2008 Monday

3 Mountain Bluebirds, I male 2 female, were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary perched atop the old fence posts in the middle of the estuary.

A flock of 100 plus Greater White-fronted Geese were seen flying over Hemer Park heading north.

Wilson’s Snipe was seen at Neck Point Park, in the pond next to the parking lot.

April 20, 2008 Sunday

A female Wilson’s Warbler and a Chipping Sparrow were seen in a backyard on the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive Nanaimo.

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Neck Point Park, where 16 birders saw and heard 45 species. Some of the highlights from the walk: Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Northern Pintail, Wilson’s Snipe, Rufous and Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red Crossbills.
The list: Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Surf Scoters, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Black Oystercatcher, Harlequin Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye, Glaucous-winged Gull, Wilson’s Snipe, Bald Eagle, California Quail, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bushtit, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin.

2 Hermit Thrush are visiting a backyard on Western Acres road in south Nanaimo.

Black-throated Gray Warbler, photo by Ralph Hockens.

April 19 2008, Saturday

Cassin’s Vireo and Hermit Thrush were seen amongst the snow in the Foothills development in upper Lantzville.

Savannah Sparrow was hanging out in a backyard on Neyland Street in Nanaimo.

April 18, 2008 Friday

The Brambling is still frequenting the backyard on the Pacific Rim Highway in Ucluelet. It has been there for the past week.

Pair of Mouring Doves has been frequenting the area of Phantom road and Aulds road in Lantzville.

Sora was seen in the Morning Star Golf Course holding pond.

Sora, photo by Jack Lasure

April 17 2008, Thursday

An Osprey has been busy on the nest located next to the Island Highway near Collier Dam Park.

Northern Harrier was seen flying over Andrea Crescent and the Winchelsea View golf course in upper Lantzville.

Golden Eagle was sighted flying over Hamilton Marsh in Qualicum Beach.

At Union Bay Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe and 23 Western Grebes were seen along with a Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

April 16 2008, Wednesday

The Wednesday Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary where13 birders saw and heard 52 species. Some of the highlights: Northern Shoveler, Hermit Thrush, Anna’s Hummingbird, Red Crossbills. American Kestrel.
The list: Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Canada Goose, Brant, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Black Oystercatcher, Bald Eagle, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, American Kestrel, Band-tailed Pigeon, California Quail, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, European Starling, Bewick’s Wren, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Golden-crown Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Red Crossbill, House Finch, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin.

April 14 2008, Monday

A Barred Owl was seen at Morrell Lake in Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary, south 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
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday May 8, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday April 28, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Wednesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Visitor Centre in Parksville at 9 A.M. Wednesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
The Wednesday Bird Walk for April 23, 2008 will be going to Top Bridge Trail meeting at the beginning of the trail on Craig road and Tuan road. Also meet at the Parksville Visitor Centre at Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, near Craig Bay in Parksville, at 9:00 A.M.
The Sunday Bird Walk on April 27, 2008, will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville, on Normarel drive. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the corner of the marsh by the power lines.

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