Walking Around Queen Elizabeth Park
My kids have gymnastics for an hour and 25
minutes on Saturday mornings. After I drop them off, I walk
over the Queen Elizabeth Park and go looking for birds! The
real treats come later in the spring when all the migrants come
through, but for now I am focusing on taking good photos of
resident species. Oh, and I'm always on the look out for
hummingbirds because I would love to find a nest.
Today I spotted three different Red-breasted Nuthatches. I
was surprised I haven't seen any yet so far and three today, but
that is the way it goes. While watching the Nuthatches, I
noticed a Chickadee was visiting the same tree. Turns out it
was a pair of chickadee's and they were excavating a future home
for babies. They tried pretty hard to release the wood chips
away from the nest hole.
I walked around to where I saw the Variable Thrush a few weeks
ago, and it was back in roughly the same bunch of trees.
Last time I saw it, it was eating fruit out of the canopy.
This week it was on the ground flipping over leaves looking for
insects. These birds will be gone in the summer - up in the
mountains finding food and making babies.
And then I am out of time and I rush back to pick up my
kids. Another great walk!
Makeup Lesson at Grouse
We booked 4 lessons over Christmas.
One morning was canceled because it was too windy for the
gondola's to go up. Grouse mountain was good - they offered
replacement lessons, lift tickets and rentals but finding an open
lesson turned out to be hard. We wound up booking a
semi-private lesson (an upgrade we paid for) so that we could get
the lesson in before the season ended.
Kids can only ski for so long. Helen dropped us off at the
base of the mountain around 11am and then we took the gondola up
and rented skis. It was almost 1pm by the time we had lunch
and had everyone ready to go. We got in two runs before our
2:30 lesson started. I dropped the kids off with the
instructor and went to the Olympic Express chair and the more
challenging terrain. Much to my surprise, the kids were
behind me by just a few chairs!
The kids skied blue runs mostly, including
some runs through the trees. I went back to the base of the
cut to pick up Claira's lost goggles and met the kids after
class. They were tired.
We tried getting one more run in, but that turned out to be a
mistake. Claira was exhausted. After getting back, we
returned our rental gear (I almost forgot my skis at the top of
the mountain) and returned back to the base where Helen picked us
up. A big day. I felt proud of myself for taking the
kids skiing. I asked Nara if her friends go skiing in the
local mountains on the week. She replied - "No - they go
skiing at Whistler". Oh well.
Queen Elizabeth Park Again
Birding with out
people kind of scare of me. The first question people ask is
"what do you see" and I don't know my local birds well enough to
give a good answer. This morning I was pretty sure - the
yellow flash on the head said "Golden Crowned Sparrow", but I was
completely unaware this is also a Golden-Crowned Kinglet. A small
flock - maybe four birds came through digging into the moss.
The second bird I saw (from the same standing position) roughly
resembled a song sparrow (spotted breast) but behaved very
differently. iNaturalist steered me in the right direction -
it was a Hermit Thrush. This bird was very brave - it came
quite close to me in open disturbed soil. (I looks like
Vancouver Parks pulled up a huge expanse of blackberry and English
I wondered what made
the bird so brave, but when a family walked up the trail talking
with each other, the Thrush flew off and didn't return.
What surprised me about QE park is how every week I see different
birds. Chickadees and Song Sparrows are reliable, but many
other species I have only seen one time. Perhaps I saw them
before but incorrectly identified them and ignored the actual
diversity of the park.
Tags: Queen Elizabeth Park(11), Grouse Mountain(4), skiing(3), vista(1)
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