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- 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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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Nanaimo bird report, July 05, 2015


To report your sightings phone the Store at
250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.


Sunday, July 05, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with smoke clouds and the sun was covered with a smoke screen. Marbled Murrelets, Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorant were on the Strait of Georgia. A family of Yellow-rumped Warblers was being fed high up in the conifer trees. A family of five great Blue Herons flew over head.

Pelagic Cormorant: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twelve birders including visiting birders from the United Kingdom saw and heard the following twenty-six species:
Canada Geese
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Marbled Murrelet
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Black Oystercatcher
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
  Band-tailed Pigeon
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
Downy Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
   Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
House Finch 

Tuesday, June 30:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and hot but lovely and cool in the forest.  A  Pacific-slope Flycatcher flew in low near the trail and then disappeared in the bushes.   A  Black-headed Grosbeak was singing from high up in a tall conifer.  A pair of Red-breasted Sapsuckers flew in and landed close to the trail.   A large flock of Bushtits were seen flying across the river. We had great views as we watched a very colorful Western Tanager feeding on a tall cedar tree just across the river for about ten minutes.  A flock of Red Crossbills flew overhead.  Swainson's Thrush's filled the morning with their songs and we did seen one on the trail.  Several Turkey Vultures and Violet-green Swallows flew overhead.

 Swainson's Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo 

Seven birders saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
Turkey Vulture
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red-eyed Vireo
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Warbling Vireo
 Violet-green Swallow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Brown Creeper
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Western Tanager
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Black-headed Grosbeak
 American Goldfinch
 Brown-headed Cowbird
European Starling
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Bushtit: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

 Sunday, June 28:
An Oliver-sided Flycatcher was heard and seen on the hillside behind Colbourne 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. on 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 walks will resume on September 08, 2015


The Sunday bird walk on July 12, 2015 will be going to the Ladysmith Harbour in Ladysmith.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area on the left side of Transfer Beach in Ladysmith at about 9:45 a.m.

British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---
Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:  thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com  

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