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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, 17 July 2011

Nanaimo bird report, July 17, 2011

Violet-green Swallow: Ralph Hocken Photo.



Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca

Sunday July 17: 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy and cool but soon turned warm and muggy. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of a newly fledged Swainson’s Thrush sitting very quietly on a conifer tree about two feet above the ground near the trail. We all got to have a good look at him. There was a Western Tanager perched on a conifer tree, about six feet from the ground, just off the trail. Again, we had a great opportunity for some good looks.
Five birders saw and heard the following twenty-five species of birds:
Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher,
Warbling Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Western Tanager, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch.

Friday July 15:
A female Wood Duck with two ducklings were seen today at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

A female Rufous Hummingbird was seen feeding along the gravel trail at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Monday July 11:
Canada Geese, Bald Eagle, Spotted Sandpiper, Eurasian Collared Dove, Barred Owl, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker,
Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pacific Wren, Swainson's Thrush,
American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak and American Goldfinch were seen at Lot Ten near the Little Qualicum River in Qualicum Beach.

Tuesday July 10:
A Yellow-headed Blackbird was spotted along Claymore Road in Qualicum Beach.

Twelve Caspian Terns were seen at Cowichan Bay.

A Black Swan was seen on the river at the Big Qualicum River Bay Campground in Qualicum Bay.

Saturday July 09:
Fifteen Least Sandpipers in breeding plumage and a Greater Yellowlegs were seen at the small tidal pond on the Columbia Beach side of French Creek.

A family of Chipping Sparrows is visiting a backyard along Ruby Crescent in Nanaimo.

Chipping Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, a Pileated Woodpecker and a Downy Woodpecker are visiting feeders in a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville.
Everyone is invited 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.
The Tuesday Bird Walk season has come to a close. The bird walks will resume on September 6, 2011. Have a great summer! ******************************************************
The Sunday Bird Walk on July 24 will be going to the Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina in Ladysmith. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or on the left side of the parking lot at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith about 9:40 A.M
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
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“Pelagic birding trip in September”

WildResearch, a Vancouver base non-profit, is pleased to be offering a pelagic birding trip departing from Ucluelet on the Sunday the 18th September 2011. The ship we will be using is the M.V. Frances Barkley, a 39m (128ft), 300 ton coastal freighter. The cost per person is $200 for WildResearch members.

For details visit: www.wildresearch.ca

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