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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, 26 March 2019

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday birdwalk,

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, March 26, 2019:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds off the Strait of Georgia. We were entertained by very large flocks of  Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers along the shoreline at the start of the walk. Hundreds of Common and Pacific Loons were on the Strait all morning. Many flocks of Brant Geese were seen on the Strait. Several Surf Scoters were seen flying low over the water heading up the Strait. A Pigeon Guillemot was spotted not far from shore.  Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen just off the trail.  A Hutton’s Vireo was heard singing high up in the tall trees along the trail.

Sixteen birders including two visiting birders from Smithers saw and head the following fifty-three species:
Canada Goose
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck 
Common Goldeneye 
Barrow's Goldeneye
Common Merganser 
Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon 
Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe 
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
Brandt’s Cormorant
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
Mew Gull
California Gull 
Iceland(Thayer's) Gull 
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle 
Coopers Hawk
Virginia Rail
Black-bellied Plover
Northern Flicker 
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
Anna’s Hummingbird
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren 
Bewick’s Wren 
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hutton’s Vireo
American Robin 
European Starling
Spotted Towhee 
Song Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow 
White-crowned Sparrow 
Purple Finch 
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco 

Hutton’s Vireo: 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 March 31, 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 the beach in front of the Church camp off highway 19 and Arlington Road at about 9:15am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 02, 2019 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. 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  9:15 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins 

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

Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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