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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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Monday, 13 July 2009

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, Bird Alert, July 12, 2009



Swainson's Thrush: 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:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Post your sightings on this site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birds of British Columbia:
htp://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html

International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching with:
http://www.birdingpal.org/

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

Sunday July 12, 2009:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Legacy Marsh in Upper Lantzville. The morning was sunny and warm.
The highlights included seeing Willow Flycatchers, Western Tanagers and Cedar Waxwings all perched close to the trail and singing. There was a Swainson's Thrush perched on a tree and singing his heart out, not far from the road. Barn Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Violet-green Swallows flew overhead hawking insects. An Osprey flew by with a Turkey Vulture soaring below him.
Twenty birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species of birds:
Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Osprey, Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Steller's Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Marsh Wren, Winter Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-headed Grosbeak, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Red-eyed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, Dark-eyed Junco and Red Crossbill.


Saturday, July 11:
Twenty to thirty Common Nighthawks were seen flying over the beach at Qualicum Beach.

Friday July 10:
A Three-toed Woodpecker was observed for fifteen minutes moving through trees at an elevation of 2000 to 2500 feet off the Westwood Lake trail to the summit of Mount Benson.

Twelve Least Sandpipers, one Western Sandpiper and two Greater Yellowlegs were seen at French Creek.

Ten Mourning Doves were seen along the South Forks Road and Nanaimo Lakes Road in south Nanaimo.

Thursday July 09:
Ten Black-bellied Plovers were seen on the Gravel Bar near the Pebble Beach Townhouses in Columbia Beach.

Two Caspian terns were spotted at the Beach at Parksville Bay in Parksville.


Wednesday July 08:
Two Barred Owls were calling and five Black Swifts were seen flying over Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo.

Young Violet-green Swallows were seen leaving their nest box in the 800 block of Harwood Mines Road in Nanaimo.

Monday July 06:
A male Yellow-headed Blackbird was seen at the Nanoose Bay Estuary.

Friday July 03:
A pair of Three-toed Woodpeckers were seen at Mount Washington on the way to Battleship Lake.

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
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The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday September 10, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
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Arrowsmith Naturalists
Monday September 28, 2009 @ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
Parksville
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PURPLE MARTIN
OPEN HOUSE
SUNDAY, JULY 19th
With: BC Purple Martin Stewardship & Recovery Program
At: Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina from 1-4 pm

Banding sessions at 3 pm and 4 pm
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and
Tuesday 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 Beach
Community Park at 9 A.M. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around
the Oceanside area.
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The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store's weekly bird walk in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area on Tuesday mornings will not be held during the summer months. We will resume the Tuesday bird walks on September 01, 2009.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on July 19 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.
Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Hammond Bay Road at Neck Point Park at about 9:20 a.m.
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