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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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Monday, 28 November 2011

Nanaimo bird report, November 28, 2011




























Summer Tanager:

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT

“GO BIRDING--EXPLORE NATURE”

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

Monday November 28, 2011:
Twenty-five Common Redpolls were seen flying over Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.
The Common Redpolls are usually found in northern Canada. This the first report of the Redpolls for a number of years in the Central Vancouver Island.

“Rare bird alert-Summer Tanager”
A Summer Tanager was seen and photographed at about 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 19 in the backyard of a private residence in the French Creek area (the owners request that their location be kept private).
The bird was last seen on Friday November 25. Check birdfeeders, fruit trees and berry bushes in the French Creek/Columbia Beach area.
The Summer Tanager is usually found in the southern United States, Central and South America, with only a few records of sightings in British Columbia.

A Snowy Owl was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in South Nanaimo.

Sunday November 27:
A McGillivray’s Warbler was seen along Admiral Tryon Blvd. in Columbia Beach.

Thursday November 24:
A White-throated Sparrow was seen along Bluebell Terrace in the Hospital area of Nanaimo.

Friday November 25:
A Turkey Vulture was seen being attacked by a Common Raven and a Bald Eagle over Highway 19, between Jinglepot Road and Fifth Street in south Nanaimo.

Tuesday, November 22: The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds, making for a great morning of birding. The highlights included seeing three Black-bellied Plover, several Black Oystercatcher, one Greater Yellowlegs, ten Black Turnstones and a large flock of Western Sandpipers on the gravel bar near Pebble Beach. Seven Eurasian-collared Doves were perched on trees along the road. We saw a large number of White-crowned Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows near the end of the walk.

Twelve birders saw and heard the following forty-three species.
Canada Geese, American Wigeon, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Western Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Eurasian-collared Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, House Finch and House Sparrow.

Tuesday November 15:
A Hermit Thrush was seen along Hartwood Crescent in the Rocky Point area of Nanaimo

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Arrowsmith Naturalist Meeting
Monday, November 28 at 7:30 pm.
Springwood Middle School, Parksville.
Speaker: Brian Kingzett. Topic: Deep Bay Shellfish Research Station
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting
Monday, December 12 at 5:30 pm.
@ The Library Centre along Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay
Annual Christmas Potluck Supper.
Speaker: Anne Sifon a falconer will talk about and demonstrate Eddie-the Bald Eagle.
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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.
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The Tuesday Bird Walk on November 29 will be going to Deep Bay. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area at the Deep Bay Marina, at about 9:35 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on December 04 will be going the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the end of Shelly Road (on the Oceanside off highway 19a) at about 9:30 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250-390-3669
thebackyard@shaw.ca
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“NANAIMO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT”
Will be held on Wednesday December 28th, 2011.
Organizers are looking for as many backyard feeders counter and field observers as possible.
Contact the Birdstore at 250-390--3669 or email us at: thebackyard@shaw.ca

”NANOOSE BAY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT”
Friday December 16, 2011
Contact Rhys Harrison at 250-248-5305 or email him at: rhysharrison@shaw.ca

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