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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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Sunday, 21 September 2008

Nanaimo bird alert

Savannah Sparrow: 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 21, 2008:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo. Among
the highlights were the sightings of a female Northern Harrier flying low over the ground near us, several times. An American Kestrel stopped and perched in a low shrub giving us great looks. We studied a Vesper Sparrow for about ten minutes until the Sparrow turned and gave us a look at his white outer tail feathers. We came upon two Least Sandpipers resting in the mud not far from us. The big Oak tree was teeming with at least sixty Cedar Waxwings and a great variety of Sparrow species.
Fourteen birders found the following thirty-one species of birds:
Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Mallard, American Wigeon,
Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Turkey Vulture, Least Sandpiper, California Quail, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Steller's Jay, Rock Pigeon, Cedar Waxwings, European Starlings, Belted Kingfisher, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch and House Finch.

Saturday September 20:
"RBA-Blue-winged Warbler "
A Blue-winged Warbler was seen with Townsend's, Yellow, Orange-crowned, Wilson's and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Warbling Vireos, Cassin's Vireo and Hutton's Vireos near French Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Sixty Turkey Vultures were seen flying in a southwest direction over Ladysmith.

Friday September 19:
A Green Heron was seen at Courtenay River Estuary in Courtenay.

Wednesday September 17:
A Lark Sparrow was seen at the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side in

Anna's Hummingbirds are coming to feeders in the 1600 block of Fawcett Road in

Tuesday September 16:
An American Golden Plover was seen on the flats near the boat ramp in Port

Monday September 15:
Forty Black Swifts, twenty Vaux's Swifts, one Tree Swallow and five
Violet-green Swallows were seen at Sooke.
One Semipalmated Sandpiper, seventy-five Western Sandpipers, twenty-two Least Sandpipers, five Short-billed Dowitchers, one Black Turnstone, one Lapland Longspur and an American Pipit. were seen at Whiffin Spit.
A Prairie Falcon, one Peregrine Falcon, two Swainson's Hawks, four Broad-winged Hawks, two Northern Harriers, two Osprey, over twenty-five Red-tailed Hawks, over four hundred Turkey Vultures, Cooper's Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks were seen near East Sooke Regional Park.

Sunday September 14:
A Barred Owl was seen on Protection Island.
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 October 09, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
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 28, 2008 will be going to the Englishman River
Estuary, Plummer Road side in Parksville.
Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive
at about 9:30 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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