Spring seems to have arrived early
Queen Elizabeth Park
My kids have gymnastics on Saturday mornings
and Queen Elizabeth park is right next door. I like the walk
and it's sometimes surprising what turns up in the middle of the
city. One of the ornamental trees had Ruby Crowned
Kinglets looking for bugs.
Last week I saw a wren in the leaves and went back to see if I
could spot him again. I spotted him, but also spotted a
variable thrush in the trees. The Variable Thrust is
interesting - it comes to the city for the winter and heads up to
the mountains in the summer. I don't see it very often, but
because it's so showy, it stands out when you do rarely spot one.
Chinese New Years Parade
The kids really like the Chinatown
parade. The kids take Chinese classes at the Chinese Cultural
Center and this year we had the opportunity to walk in parade -
surprisingly they didn't want to walk. We followed our usual
strategy - arrive about an hour before the parade and park a few
blocks from the parade route.
Our plan for Sunday afternoon was to visit the boat show at
Granville Island. We walked down in the snow and found the
Boat show had closed hours earlier because of the snow. The
kids didn't mind - walking in the snow was fun.
Monday was a school day and Tuesday the
Vancouver School board declared a school day. Without another
parenting option, I decided to take the kids to work and let them do
their homework at my desk. Of course going downtown in the
snow is fun for the kids.
Queen Elizabeth Park Again
Every week, I have roughly an hour to walk
around the park. My hope is to find a Hummingbird nest, but
I have yet to have any luck. This week there was snow on the
ground and small birds were busier than normal. Much of
their usual food is covered up so the birds are pushed into the
smaller patches of bare ground under trees.
This week, I stood in one spot (a snow covered trail) for at least
half an hour watching the birds come and go. Four different
species came and went in that period of time.
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