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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.
Stop by and talk to us or drop off a resume.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

NANAIMO WEEKLY BIRD REPORT SEPTEMBER 26,2018


Nanaimo bird Report, Sept 26, 2018.

BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
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.

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September 18:

A flock of 25 plus Sandhill Cranes were seen flying south over Beck lake in south Nanaimo.



September 18:

Orange-crowned Warbler seen foraging in a backyard on Honeysuckle terrace in central Nanaimo.



Sunday Bird Walk, September 23, 2018



The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park. It was a nice day with a little breeze of the walk. It was a quiet start with not must chatter going on. At Sunset beach we saw 3 Spotted Sandpipers amongst the rocks along the bank. Also not much was flying out on the water but was able to enjoy the Black Turnstones.

There is that one last sighting at the end of the walk that we call our parking lot bird and for this walk the bird seen was a Cooper’s Hawk.





Spotted Sandpiper: Photo by Ralph Hocken



Thirteen birders saw and heard 30 species:



Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Canada Goose

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Harlequin Duck

Mallard

  Great Blue Heron

Surf Scoter

Cooper’s Hawk

Turkey Vulture

Black Turnstone

Spotted Sandpiper

Glaucous-winged Gull

Eurasian Collared Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Chestnut-backyard Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Song Sparrow

Spotted Towhee

Purple Finch



Backyard bird sightings:

It’s a sure sign of fall when the Dark-eyed Juncos begin to return. In the past week there have been reports of the juncos returning in flocks to backyard feeders. At my feeding station it went from 2 juncos to 20 plus as a flock arrived on Tuesday September 25.

We are also hearing about flocks of Pine Siskin’s visiting the feeders, so this may be a high year for them.

Golden-crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows and a few Fox Sparrows are making their fall return.

Dark-eyed Junco feeding in window feeder: Photo Nicole Renaud



Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 25, 2018.



The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach.   It was another beautiful calm fall morning.  The return of several Eagles was a welcome site.  A Pigeon Guillemot and Common Murre were seen not too far off shore.  A small group of Bonaparte’s Gull’s were found among the other gulls. There were also many Savannah Sparrow feeding in the seaweed along the shoreline.  In the meadow area at the mouth of French Creek we spotted a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and an Orange-crowned Warbler.




Bald Eagle: Ralph Hocken photo



17 birders saw and heard the following 44 species:



Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Mallard

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Harlequin Duck

Common Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Pigeon Guillemot

Common Murre

Greater Yellowlegs

Black-bellied Plover

Killdeer

Black Oystercatcher

Black Turnstone

Boneparte’s Gull

Iceland/Thayer’s Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Belted Kingfisher

Eurasian-collared Dove

Northern Flicker

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Anna’s Hummingbird

Spotted Towhee

European Starling

Bewick’s Wren

Orange-crowned Warbler

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

House Sparrow

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch



Enjoy birding,

Rhonda Fleming



The Tuesday Bird Walk on October 2, 2018 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 am.



The Sunday Bird Walk on September 30, 2018 will be going to the Shelley road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the end of Shelley road in Parksville at 9:20 am.

Good birding, Colin



THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

6314 Metral Drive

Nanaimo, B.C.

V9T-2L8

Phone: 250-390-3669



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