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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, 12 November 2012

Nanaimo bird report, November 12, 2012

                          Long-tailed Duck: 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

Saturday, November 10, 2012:
A Barred Owl was seen in the 3500 block of Oakridge Drive in Nanaimo. 

A Horned Lark was seen at Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo.

Thursday November 08:
A Snowy Owl was spotted sitting in a tree near  Sunset Road in north Nanaimo. 

A Short-eared Owl was seen in Coal Tyee School area in Nanaimo. 

Wednesday November 07:

A Short-eared Owl was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary parking lot in south Nanaimo. 

Tuesday, November 06:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was foggy but the wind was calm and the water was like glass.  The highlights included having great views of three Brandt's Cormorants swimming on the water along with Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorants.  We were able to compare the three species.  There were large numbers of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks  on the calm water quite far out from the shore.  We watched a Common Loon just offshore having a difficult time catching and digesting a large fish. Several small flocks of Trumpeter Swans flew over head.  We spotted three Pigeon Guillemots in winter plumage on the water. 
Eleven birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
Canada Geese, Trumpeter Swan, Mute Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye,
Common Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Brandt's Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Black Turnstone,Bonaparte's Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Mew Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird,Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin and House Sparrow.
Sunday November 04:
A Wilson’s Snipe was seen along Malibu Terrace in Nanaimo. 

A female Ring-necked Pheasant was seen in a backyard along Chestnut Street in Parksville.  

A Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen in a backyard along Wedgewood Terrace in Parksville. 

Friday November 02:
A White-throated Sparrow was seen near Vistaview and Ney Drive in Nanaimo. 

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 November 13 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at main parking lot at Rathtrevor Provincial Park at about 9:10A.M.
***************************************************************************************The Sunday Bird Walk on November 18, 2012 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Raines Road at about 9:30 A.M.
Christmas Bird Count—Parksville/Qualicum Beach, December 16, 2012.
Contact Sandra Gray at saninerr@shaw.ca or phone 250-248-5565
Christmas Bird Count----Nanaimo, December 30, 2012
Contact Ryan Cathers at ryancathers@yahoo.com or phone 250-714-3947.
Christmas Bird Count - Lantzville (Nanoose estuary) and Nanoose Bay area - Friday December 14, 2012
Contact Rhys Harrison at rhysharrison@shaw.ca
                                                                                                    or phone (250) 248-5305
Good birding
Neil Robins
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com




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