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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, 7 September 2008

Nanaimo bird alert

Ruddy Turnstone at Columbia Beach: 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
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
Birdwatching contacts and information
find a local birder to go birdwatching with.
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date, name and location of your sighting.

Sunday, September 07, 2008:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Among the highlights were the sightings of a Heermann's Gull, a Merlin, Sanderlings, Black-bellied Plovers, Common Yellowthroat and a Yellow Warbler.
Twenty-six birders, including birders from Australia, Denmark, New
Brunswick, Calgary and Vancouver Island found the following fifty-one species of birds:
Common Loon, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoter, Common Merganser, Turkey Vultures, Merlin, Red-tailed Hawk, Least Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers, Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, Killdeer, Black Turnstone, Mew Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, California Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Heermann's Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Steller's Jay, Orange-crowned Warbler,Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch.
An American Golden-plover and a Pacific Golden-plover, a Semipalmated Plover and Least and Western Plovers were seen on the mud flats on the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side in Parksville.
Friday September 05:
"Rare Bird Alert--Red Knot"
A Red Knot was seen off the gravel bar in front of the Pebble Beach Townhouses off Johnstone Road at Columbia Beach.
Thursday September 04:
A Surf Bird, a Parasitic Jaeger and a Red Knot were seen at Columbia Beach.
A Green Heron was seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
Wednesday September 03:
Over 115 Black Turnstones and over fifty Bonaparte's Gulls were seen on the beach off Yambury Road in Qualicum Beach.
Tuesday September 02:
Four Sandhill Cranes, one Vaux's Swift and three Black Swift were seen over the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville.
Canada Geese, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, California Quail, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Merlin, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Mew Gulls, Bonaparte's Gull, Northern Flicker, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brewer's Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch and American Goldfinch were seen at the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side.
Monday September 01:
Two Rufous Hummingbirds were seen along Pintail Drive in Qualicum Beach.

A Ruddy Turnstone and a Parasitic Jaeger were seen at Columbia Beach.
Saturday August 30:
An immature Northern Goshawk was spotted above the Denman Island ferry exit off Highway 19.
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 September 11, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Guest Speaker
"Tony Markle"
A slide presentation on birds and wildlife.
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalists
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 Wednesday Morning Birdwalks are cancelled for the summer months and will resume in the fall.
The Sunday Bird Walk on September 14, 2008 will be going to the Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking lot at Neck Point Park off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:20 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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