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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.
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Sunday, 29 June 2008

Nanaimo Bird Walk, June 29, 2008

Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Alert
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.
Sunday, June 29, 2008:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Among the highlights were the sighting of several Western Tanagers with two of them frolicking--obviously youngsters--on the bushes not far from us. On Cottle Lake we saw a female Wood Duck with eight small chicks sitting on a log. When she left the log and swam away all the chicks followed in single file. We heard many Orange-crowned Warblers singing and we observed one gleaning insects high up in the trees. We saw a flock of Cedar Waxwings flying out from their perches and hawking insects over Cottle Lake. We were entertained by three Rufous Hummingbirds flying above us and chasing each other and then perching and then chase each other again over and over again--youngsters again, we thought!
Fifteen birders found the following thirty-five species of birds:
Canada Goose,Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Common Raven, Violet-green
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler,Townsend's Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Brown-headed Cowbird, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch, Red Crossbills, American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin.

Saturday, June 28:

A Northern Mockingbird was seen at the Carmanah Point Light Station on the west side of Vancouver Island. Two Tufted Puffins, Rhinoceros Auklets, Marbled Murrelets, Common Murres and seven Caspian Terns were seen at Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew on the west coast side of Vancouver Island.
Five male Black-headed Grosbeaks have been visiting feeders in Cinnabar Valley in south Nanaimo.
Friday, June 27:
Two Caspian Terns were seen at Eaglecrest Beach in Qualicum Beach.
Wednesday, June 25:
A Great Horned Owl was seen at the end of River's Edge Drive, off Kaye Road, behind the Government Weigh Scales at Parksville.
Tuesday, June 24:
A Caspian Tern was seen off Duke Point near Jack Point in south Nanaimo.
A Green Heron was spotted at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
Monday, June 23:
A Virginia Rail was heard at the beaver dam in Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.

Sunday, June 22:
Four Band-tailed Pigeons were seen at feeders in the Fairwinds area of Nanoose Bay.
Friday, June 20:
A Eastern Kingbird was seen at Pachena Point on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Wednesday, June 18:
Ten Brown Pelicans were seen flying northwest from Pachena Point on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Monday, June 02:
A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was seen on Nootka Island on the west coast of Vancouver Island-- west of Campbell River.
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 July 10, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Annual Picnic--July 28, 2008.
Monthly Meeting,
Monday September 22, 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 Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store's weekly bird walk in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area on Wednesday mornings will not be held during the summer months. We will resume the Wednesday bird walks in
the fall.
The Sunday Bird Walk on July 06, 2008, will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or under the Hydro line along Normarel Drive off Superior Road in Upper Lantzville at about 9:15 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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