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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
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Monday, 9 September 2013

Nanaimo bird report, September 08, 2013



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
Sunday September 8, 2013:
The Sunday bird walk went Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. It was a beautiful day, warm and no wind. Enjoyed watching a couple of Anna’s Hummingbirds as one was hawking insects and another as it was displaying. 14 birders saw and heard the following 31 species: Canada Goose, Double-crested Cormorant, Brandt’s Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Glaucous-winged Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Black Oystercatcher, Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned hawk, Band-tailed pigeon, Anna’s Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Pacific Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Warbling Vireo, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler,  Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee,

MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Friday September 6 2013:
Peregrine Falcon, Purple Martins and Northern Rough-winged Swallows were seen off of Hodge’s Road in French Creek.
Thursday September 5 2013:
6 Red-neck Phalaropes were seen flying over the mud flats of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
Tuesday September 3 2013:
“RARE BIRD” A Northern Waterthrush was observed for ten minutes at the pond and water fountain in a backyard on Meridian way in Parksville.
Great Horned Owl was seen and heard by the Pleasant Valley school near Doumont road in Nanaimo.
The September 3, 2013 Bird Walk went to Plummer Road.
The morning started out with light rain and got heavy enough to keep the optics wet and fogged.  Fortunately it cleared somewhat before the walk ended.
Even with the damp weather we were rewarded with some great sightings of migrating birds.  One of the highlights were several Lincoln Sparrows seen throughout the walk.
A Merlin perched long enough for some great views and 3 Bonaparte's Gull were seen flying over the ocean side.  We were also treated to two Western Tanager's feeding in the bushes.
8 wet but cheerful birders saw and heard the following 42 species:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Red-necked Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Loon, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron,
Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Merlin, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Warbling Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Willow Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Tanager, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, European Starling, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, House Finch.
Lincoln’s Sparrow: John Purves Photo.

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 10 will be going to The Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach –  meet at the Viewing Platform near Garrett Road and Highway 19a at about 9:20 a.m. ( if the viewing platform is closed go to the parking area near the “A” Frame house at the Estuary.

The Sunday Bird Walk on September 15 will be going to the Englishman River Estuary, the Plummer road side. Meet at the store at 9:00 am or at the estuary at 9:20.
Monday, September 23rd:
Arrowsmith Naturalists - GENERAL MEETING - at Knox United Church, 345 Pym, Parksville @ 7:30 p.m.
Topic:  “Grizzly Bears and Arctic Penguins” with Derek Kyosta a leader in the Adventure Tours.  More info 250-752-7588
Good birding, Colin.

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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