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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
We provide training so you can provide informed advice about feeding the birds and our quality products.
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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 30, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. 
The morning was cloudy with very calm winds on the Strait of Georgia.  One Trumpeter Swan was spotted not far from us on the bay. A Brandt’s Cormorant was spotted on the Strait.   Flocks of Canada Geese, American Widgeon and Northern Pintail flew overhead heading down the Strait. Several flocks of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were seen on the Strait all morning. Five Pigeon Guillemots and four Marbled Murrelets were seen resting on the water not far from us. The seabirds are back for the winter!  A lone Willow Flycatcher, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Golden-crowned Kinglet  were seen in a tree near the trail.
Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following fifty- four Species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Ring-necked Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland Gull(Thayer's Gull)
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Willow Flycatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch

Black Scoter:  Ralph Hocken Photo:

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Sunday Bird Walk on November 04, 2018 will be going to Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on November 06, 2018 will be going to The Little Qualicum River Estuary.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking lot at the Brant Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. 
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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