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Walk Around Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Claira Found Caterpillar
I have these dreams.  My family and I got to Reifel bird sanctuary and join a birding walk.  We all learn new things about birds and my good as gold children use their strong spotting skills to point out things other people don't see.  We walk most of the trails in the park and we end the day warm and happy.

Reality couldn't be any more different.  My kids only tolerate Reifel Bird Sanctuary because they can feed the ducks.  I don't dare join a walk because my kids are loud and I don't know enough to justify my camera gear and lack of binoculars.  We always walk the same short loop because I know it's the maximum distance Claira can walk before she has to be carried.  I keep hoping that each passing season will see more endurance and interest from the kids, but it's likely their interest will further evaporate, not grow so I take what I can get.


Great Blue Heron Showing Rule Of ThirdsNorthern Harrier Hunting Over Marsh
Reifel has a great mix of resident birds and migratory surprises.  You will always be able to see very tame mallards and wood ducks, but the predators and visitor create anticipation into each new trail walked.  This time we were rewarded with some wading birds that aren't long term residences of Vancouver - Greater Yellowlegs.


In the end, the kids did have a good time, especially the picnic lunch at the end.  I got to see some birds and added a new species to my life list.  We stopped in at the farms on the way home.  Everyone was a least a little pleased with the day.

Long Billed DowitcherLong Billed Dowitchers In FlightPair Of Greater Yellowlegs

  Immature Hooded Merganser With FishRuby Crowned Kinglet In Bush

Nara in Cross Country

For reasons I don't understand, I don't like running and Nara seems to really like it.  Last year in the spring kids were doing laps of the school (Kilometer Club) when we walked to school and she wanted to be part of it.  In the fall, we kept a look out for Cross Country and signer her up.  I volunteered to take photos because that I something I can do.

Nara Warm Up LapNara Flying
The practices are three days a week - Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8am to 8:45am.  The kids arrive, run, stretch, and then generally do an activity like a relay race or a chase/passing exercise.    This is a pretty big group - most mornings have 50 kids, the first few had almost 100.
Grade One Handoff


Nara Crossing Finish Line
This fall there are three "local" meets (races) and a district meet.  Helen and I split the meets - she got two and I got two.  My first meet was at Jericho park.  There were maybe 50 girls in the Kindergarten/Grade 1 group.

Ks And Ones Girls StartingNara Running In Pack


Lots of practices.

Nara With Orange ToqueNara Arriving For Relay


The final meet of the season was at Trout Lake (John Hendry Park).  The starting line up for girls kindergarten/grade 1 was about 140 kids.  Some starting lines that day had nearly 300 kids.  In her race, Nara placed about 42 which is in the upper third of the kids that ran.

Grade 1 Girls StartThree Tenyson Girls Finishing

This many photos of Nara throws off the Nara/Claira balance.  I'm going to have to figure out something to do with Claira that is similarly photo worthy.

Iona

Nara Releasing Dark Eyed Junko
Iona Beach Regional Park is really known for birding during the spring and fall migrations and for the birds in the summer.  Winter is the usual local suspects and the occasional lost bird.  I had some time on a Sunday morning so Nara and I went out for a walk.  The people from WildResearch had their mist nets out and Nara was curious about the bird banding.  After the band was read (this was a Dark-eyed Junco), the volunteer let Nara release the bird from her hand.  Nara through that was pretty cool.


 
Great Blue Heron Eating Starry Flounder

Halloween Howl

Kids In Mermaid Costumes
Nara's school does a Halloween fundraising event every year.  They decorate the school and run events in the classrooms and gym.  The money raised to use to help offset the costs of sending the grad class to Quebec for a language exchange.  It's nice to see the other kids out in costumes and support the school even if it is quite small amounts of money.


Claira Doing Bean Bag Toss
Claira wore her mermaid costume for about 5 minutes until she decided she didn't like how the "bra" seashell pattern on her chest looked.  The she wanted something else.  We have fairy stuff around the house (girls) so she went as a ferry and Nara pillaged some of her accessories (kelp scarf and a sea star hair piece).

Nara Claira Eva CharlotteTombstone Display

Seawall Strider Bike, Scooter

Scooters At Ocean Edge
Nara likes to bike.  Claira is having a hard time with the transition to pedals but she loves her strider bike.  Nara decided her scooter (kick bike) is an acceptable alternative to riding even if Claira can go faster than her.  Dad runs behind.  The seawall is starting to get less crowded (more locals only this time of the year) and the slower speeds of non-pedal vehicles means we can ride the seawall without running people over.


To keep it interesting, we do a one way trip from Granville Island to the Cambie Street bridge.  There is enough time for Mom to do some shopping (she picked up Dim Sum for lunch today) and I get a bit of exercise so it's a win for everyone!

Scooting On The SeawallCool Kids At The Jelly BeanFinished At Cambie Street Bridge

Halloween Trick or Treating

Halloween fell on a Monday this year and I wasn't feeling well on the weekend so I didn't go to any of the adult parties.  On Monday night we left a little late but still got very full baskets of candy.

Pumpkins On The StairsSingle Pumpkin


I'll admit, we trick or treat out of neighborhood.  We got to a bunch of houses near city hall where there are lots of kids and lots of decorated houses. 

Walking Down StepsWalking Through Decorations


When we got home around 8pm (we stopped and watched some fireworks in the park), we ran into an older girl and her dad coming back from their walk.  They started at 6pm around Alma - target dense area they said.  She had a pillowcase for candy and it put our kids (who being young I think get a better hand out than some) to shame.  Thankfully, our kids haven't figured out how to compare how much candy was brought home.

 


Tombstone Display
Tags: Halloween
Scooting On The Seawall
Walking Down Steps
Tags: costume, Halloween
Nara With Orange Toque
Person: Nara
Tags: running
Nara Releasing Dark Eyed Junko
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park
Nara Flying
Person: Nara
Tags: running
Nara Warm Up Lap
Person: Nara
Tags: running
Claira Found Caterpillar
Species: Pyrrharctia isabella (banded woollybear)
Tags: caterpillar, insect, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Great Blue Heron Eating Starry Flounder
Species: Platichthys stellatus (starry flounder), Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)
Scooters At Ocean Edge
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: seawall
Long Billed Dowitchers In Flight
Species: Limnodromus scolopaceus (Long-billed Dowitcher)
Tags: flock in flight, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Ks And Ones Girls Starting
Person: Nara
Tags: running
Ruby Crowned Kinglet In Bush
Species: Regulus calendula (Ruby-crowned Kinglet)
Immature Hooded Merganser With Fish
Species: Lophodytes cucullatus (Hooded Merganser)
Tags: fish, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Cool Kids At The Jelly Bean
Claira Doing Bean Bag Toss
Tags: costume, game, Halloween
Kids In Mermaid Costumes
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: costume, Halloween
Pumpkins On The Stairs
Tags: art, Halloween, pumpkin
Grade 1 Girls Start
Person: Nara
Tags: running, Trout Lake
Northern Harrier Hunting Over Marsh
Species: Circus cyaneus (Northern Harrier)
Tags: bird in flight, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Great Blue Heron Showing Rule Of Thirds
Species: Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Finished At Cambie Street Bridge
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: bridge, seawall
Nara Arriving For Relay
Person: Nara
Tags: running
Single Pumpkin
Tags: art, Halloween, pumpkin
Grade One Handoff
Person: Nara
Tags: running
Nara Claira Eva Charlotte
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: costume, Halloween
Walking Through Decorations
Tags: costume, Halloween
Nara Crossing Finish Line
Person: Nara
Tags: running
Nara Running In Pack
Person: Nara
Tags: running
Long Billed Dowitcher
Species: Limnodromus scolopaceus (Long-billed Dowitcher)
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Pair Of Greater Yellowlegs
Species: Tringa melanoleuca (Greater Yellowlegs)
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Three Tenyson Girls Finishing
Person: Nara
Tags: running
Tags: running(10), Halloween(8), Reifel Bird Sanctuary(7), costume(5), seawall(2), pumpkin(2)
People: Nara(14), Claira(4)
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