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- positive, energetic, enthusiastic and willing to learn
- flexible schedule and able to work weekends
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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Nanaimo bird report, February 03, 20198

Nanaimo bird report, February 03, 2019:

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 bird walk, February 03, 2019:

The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay.  The cloud and the snowy weather was not contusive for birding, however we did try!  
Six birders saw and heard the following eleven species:

Bald Eagle
American Wigeon
Mew Gull
Glaucous-wing Gull
Belted Kingfisher
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee

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 GeeseGreater-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 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. 

The Sunday Bird Walk on February 10, 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.

This is an email that I am thinking would be maybe be of interest to some of you.  If it peaks your interest, please participate. 

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. 

I am inviting birdwatchers across Canada and the United States who are 18 years or older to participate in a short online survey that would take  15-20 minutes to complete. Participation is confidential, anonymous and voluntary and you are under no obligation to participate. You will not be asked to provide any personal identifying information, though you may choose to provide a contact email if you wish to receive updates on the outcomes of the study. There are no anticipated risks to participating in this survey and you may exit the survey at any time by closing your browser, which will erase your answers from the survey.

If you have questions regarding the study or are interested in the findings, please feel free to contact me at vanessa.johnson@uleth.ca. Questions regarding your rights as a participant in this research may be addressed to the Office of Research Ethics, University of Lethbridge (Phone:  403-329-2747 or Email: research.services@uleth.ca). The proposed research has been reviewed for ethical acceptability and approved by the University of Lethbridge Human Subject Research Committee.

If you are interested in completing the survey, please follow the links below to read the consent form and access the survey.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Vanessa L. Johnson
Psychology Undergraduate
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, AB, Canada

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Good birding

Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T-2L8

Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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