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We’re Hiring
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.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was bright and sunny with calm winds. Two Black-bellied Plovers, six  Black Oystercatchers and twelve Killdeer were seen along the shore.  Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks were seen further offshore.
Several flocks of Trumpeter Swans flew over head at the estuary. 
 Five Snow Geese, Canada Geese and two Cackling Geese were spotted on the estuary. Two small flocks of Western Grebe were seen at the end of the walk.

           Trumpeter Swans: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Goose
Snow Geese
Cackling Geese
Trumpeter Swan
Green-wing Teal
 Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
 Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Black Scoter
 Long-tailed Duck
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon,
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Western Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant,
Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
Red-tail Hawk
Black-bellied Plover
 Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
 California Gull
 Herring Gull
Iceland(Thayer's) Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
 Common Murre
Belted Kingfisher
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
American Robin
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
White-crowned  Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird 

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 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 am 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 12, 2019 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor at about 9:10 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.

Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: ww.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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