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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, 11 June 2012

Nanaimo bird report, June 10, 2012

******************************************************************************************************************************************************* Black-throated Gray Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. *********************************************************************************************************************************************** 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 ******************************************************************************************************************************** Sunday June 10, 2012: The Sunday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy but warm. The highlight of the morning was a great sighting of a Black-throated Gray Warbler perched close to the trail. We heard the Black-throated Gray Warblers singing all morning. A flock of singing Red Crossbills flew overhead. The Black-headed Grosbeaks gave us good looks as it was singing from a perch. Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species: Hooded Merganser, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Black Swift, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian-collared Dove, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Hutton’s Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Purple Martin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bushtit, Bewick’s, Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, McGillivray’s Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brown-headed Cowbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, American Goldfinch. ************************************************************************************************************************************ Saturday June 09: ”Rare bird alert-Rose-breasted Grosbeak” A Rose-Breasted Grosbeak is visiting feeders at the Little Qualicum River Village. The Grosbeak was last seen at about 7P.M. this evening. ***************************************************************************************************************************** Tuesday June 05: The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The early morning was cloudy with misty rain and cool but it warmed up as the morning progressed. The big sighting of the morning was two fledging Barred Owls who were very fluffy and lacking tails. One adult Barred Owl perched not far from the trail, watching over them. We heard and saw several Willow Flycatchers throughout the morning. There were a large number of Savannah Sparrows perched on the low bushes on the meadows near the R.V. Park. Thirteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species. Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Merganser , White-winged Scoter, Pacific Loon, Double-crested Cormorant , Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Barred Owl, Killdeer, California Quail, Marbled Murrelet, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian-collared Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Barn Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing,European Starling, Warbling Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Brewer’s Blackbird,Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow , Dark-eyed Junco, Brown-headed Cowbird,House Finch and American Goldfinch. ******************************************************************************************************************************************* Nanoose Naturalists Meeting Thursday, June 14th at 5:30 pm Summer picnic BBQ for members at the home of Tony and Jenny Ransom. ************************************************************************************* *************************************************** Arrowsmith Naturalist Meeting, Monday June 25.7:30 P.M. Springwood Middle School, Parksville. Rob Adams and Lesley Fox who is from the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals will speak on their efforts in seeing the use of body gripping traps being banned. **************************************************************************************************************************************** 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. ******************************************************************************************************************************************************** The Tuesday Birdwalk on June12, 2012 will be going to the Beaver Ponds at Nanoose Bay. We will meet at Parksville Bay at the Lion's Playground parking area in Parksville at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Power Point Road at about 9:20 a.m. (from the Petro-Can on Highway 19 follow Northwest Bay Road to Power Point Road turn right and follow Power Point Road to about 100 feet past the four-way stop to the parking area on the left.) ****************************************************************************************************************************************************************** The Sunday Bird Walk on Sunday June 17, 2012 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or under the Hydro lines on Normarel Drive at about 9:15 am. ********************************************************************************************************************** Good birding Neil Robins ************************************************************************************************************************************************ THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE 6314 Metral Drive Nanaimo B.C. V9T-2L8 Phone: 250-390-3669 Fax: 250-390-1633 Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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