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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, 15 June 2008

Osprey: 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
call the Bird Alert at 250-390-3029
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 15, 2008
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point in Nanaimo. Among the highlights was the sighting of a Great Horned Owl that was being
mobbed by a murder of Northwestern Crows and American Robins. We spotted a Western Wood Pewee perched on a snag and then watched as it flew about flycatching. We saw the bird for several minutes before it flew away singing his "breerr" song.
A couple of Black-throated Gray Warblers caught our attention as they flew and landed on a short bush near the trail and began preening themselves. We heard a Warbling Vireo singing and then spotted him gleening insects off a nearby tree.
Twelve birders found the following thirty-nine species of birds:
Canada Goose, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Osprey,
Turkey Vulture, Great Horned Owl, Black Oystercatcher, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Violet-green Swallow, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Western Wood Pewee,
Blacked-throated Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red Crossbill, Brewers Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin and American Goldfinch.
Two white (partial albino) Common Ravens were seen in among several Common Ravens at the Qualicum Civic Center Park in Qualicum Beach.
Friday, June 13:
A white (partial albino) Common Raven was seen off Jones Street in Qualicum Beach.
A Western Wood-pewee was seen along Renz Road near the Coldwater Farm in Parksville.
Tuesday, June 10:
A Vesper Sparrow was seen at the Gravel Pit on the south side of
Nanaimo-Cassidy Airport in south Nanaimo.

A Red-Breasted Sapsucker was seen on Birch Trees in the 2800 block of Shady
Mile Way in Nanaimo.

Monday June 09:
A Rusty Blackbird was spotted in with Brewer's Blackbirds at feeders in the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville.
Sixteen Black Swifts were seen over Rivers Edge area behind the Government Weigh Scales in Parksville.
Sunday June 08:
Purple Martins and Rough-winged Swallows were seen at Cottle Lake off Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo.
Friday June 06:
An American Dipper was seen in a little stream near Yambury Road and
Butterball Drive in French Creek.

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
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monthly Meeting,
Monday June 23, 2008@ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
The Nanoose Naturalists
Monthly Meeting
Thursday July 10, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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 June 22, 2008, will be going to Hemer Provincial Park in Cedar.
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the Parking Lot at Hemer
Park off Hemer Road about 9:30 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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