Category Archives: Nature

Prepping To Put Out Mason Bee Boxes

Yesterday, Yumi and I spent a wonderful evening with mason-bee whisperer and native-plant gardener Joe Sadowski. Thanks for the personal tutoring and inspiration!

We even got several plants to take home!

Today I put my basic carpentry skills to the test (earning at best a “C”), and made two additional boxes.

Mason Bee boxes

I’ve never been a cabinetry or finishing type of carpenter, if I may call myself a carpenter at all — more of a demolition and framing, roughing in, kinda guy.

But while not pretty, they’re functional.

Owls Highlight South Surrey Ramble

Yumi and I headed down to Stewart Heritage Farm in South Surrey, BC, today to walk the trails and were rewarded with lots of birds and other critters.

The highlight was a pair of owls that Yumi spotted in silent flight through the woods. She saw where they perched so I could get in and get some shots. Thanks!

South Surrey birds and beasts

Photographer goofing around
Photographer goofing around. . . Photo by Yumi.

Birds Galore at Centennial Beach in Delta, BC

We spent several hours wandering the trails at Centennial Beach in Delta, BC, today.


Anna’s Hummingbird

wildlife centennial beach
Couple of tree swallows duking it out over prime real estate : -)


We saw several Northern Harriers


Crows hate raptors — when the harrier landed in the field this sentinel came to check it out


Invasive Red-Eared Slider in the pond near the playground


A handsome crow

rabbit centennial beach
Let’s play “spot the bunny”

Spring is in the Air at Campbell Valley Regional Park

We enjoyed fresh air and lots of signs of spring on a 2-hour ramble in Campbell Valley Regional Park today.


We’ve always enjoyed hand-feeding chickadees in the park, but this is the first time we pulled in a Red-Breasted Nuthatch.


The feeling of a wee bird’s claws clutching one’s finger is pure joy!


Doing the wormhole space-jump thing. . .  : -)


A sign at a trail crossing said flooding ahead, but we had to go see for ourselves : -)


Trilliums — I think these are protected in BC


Budding salmonberries!

Campbell Valley Regional Park
Busy as a . . .

Byrne Ck Fish Trapping Turns Up Trout, No Coho

Volunteer streamkeepers set out Gee traps overnight in Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby, BC, with DFO permission. Today we went and pulled the traps. Got lots of trout, including some cool color variations, but unfortunately no coho.


Gee trap emptied into tub for IDing and measuring


Fish trapping is an activity that gets us out into some challenging terrain!


Wondering if this is a “cutbow”? We got a few cutties today that had faint pink lines, or pink dots along their sides.


Interesting color variations — reddish-brown trout and greenish-grey ones.

Byrne Creek fish trapping