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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.
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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Nanaimo bird report, September 09, 2012

Sharp-shinned Hawk: 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 September 09, 2012:
The Sunday bird walk went Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with the crispness of fall in the air. The highlights included seeing a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks and comparing the sizes of the male and female as they flew and perched at the marsh area.
Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species:
Red-breasted Merganser, Turkey Vulture,  Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull,  Double-crested Cormorant,  Pelagic Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher,  Downy Woodpecker,  Hairy Woodpecker,  Northern Flicker,  Pileated Woodpecker, Anna’s Hummingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Raven,  Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee,  Red-breasted Nuthatch,  Brown Creeper,  Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren,  Golden-crowned Kinglet,  Spotted Towhee,  Song Sparrow,  Dark-eyed Junco,  Pine Siskin  and  Red Crossbill.

Saturday, September 08:
A Western Tanager was spotted in a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville.
A Great Horned Owl was seen at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

Tuesday, September 04:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny with a cool breeze.  Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers flew low over the mud flats moving in unison for about five minutes putting on a great show.   A Merlin perched on a stump near the mudflats keeping the Sandpipers moving.  A Pectoral Sandpiper was spotted near the viewing platform.  Three Common Loons and one Bonaparte’s Gull were seen on the Strait of Georgia.
Nineteen birders, including birders from Belgium, Florida, Toronto, Winnipeg and central Vancouver Island saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Common Merganser,  Common Loon, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Merlin, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Black Oystercatcher,Killdeer, Pectoral Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, California Quail, Eurasian-collared Dove, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Bonaparte’s Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple Finch, House Finch and Pine Siskin.
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 bird walk on September 11, 2012 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the viewing platform near Garrett Road and highway 19a at about 9:20 am.
The Sunday Bird Walk on Sunday September 16, 2012 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or the parking area at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Road at about 9:15 a.m.
Good birding
Neil Robins
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

””Nature by the Salish Sea"

"Nature By The Salish Sea" is the title of BC Nature's Fall General Meeting which will be held at the Quality Resort Bayside from Sept 27th -30th. The meeting, organized by Arrowsmith and Nanoose Naturalists, includes field trips, presentations, a banquet and a barbecue. For more information go to www.arrowsmithnats.org or phone 250-468-7475

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