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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
We provide training so you can provide informed advice about feeding the birds and our quality products.
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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, Columbia Beach, January 29, 2019.
The morning started foggy but did clear for most of the morning.  We watched as one Trumpeter Swan  headed down the Strait of Georgia, along with one Canada Geese.  A Western Grebe and a Brant Goose were spotted near the horizon. Long lines of Surf Scoters with White-winged Scoters were seen heading up the strait. Ten Long-tailed Ducks were spotted offshore. A large number of Black-bellied Plovers, Black Turnstones. Dunlin, Black Oystercatchers and Greater Yellowlegs were seen along the gravel bar. One Greater-white Fronted Goose and one female Eurasian Wigeon were seen along French Creek.
Greater-white Fronted Geese: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Seventeen birders, saw and heard the following fifty-eight species: 
Canada Geese
Greater-white Fronted Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Harlequin Duck 
Northern Pintail
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter 
Long-tailed Duck
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye 
Common Merganser 
Red-breasted Merganser 
Western Grebe
Horned Grebe 
Red-necked Grebe 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Pelagic Cormorant 
Pacific Loon 
Common Loon
Belted Kingfisher
Great -blue Heron
Bald Eagle 
Black-bellied Plover 
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher 
Greater Yellowlegs
Mew Gull 
California Gull 
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Ring-billed Gull 
Common Murre 
Rhinoceros Auklet
Pigeon Guillemot
Northern Flicker 
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Eurasian-collared Dove
American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
Spotted Towhee 
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

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 February 03, 2019, Will be going to the Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at waterfront at the church camp in Nanoose Bay ( off highway 19 and Arlington Road) at about 9:15 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on February 05, 2019 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the Brant viewing area in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:25 am. 


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My name is Vanessa L. Johnson and I am an undergraduate student in Psychology at the University of Lethbridge. I am studying the psychological aspects of birdwatching and other activities related to wild birds, particularly identifying which aspects, activities or skills people consider most important to their enjoyment of wild birds and how they choose to interact with or observe wild birds. 

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Lethbridge, AB, Canada

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Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
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