I spent a couple of hours after work this afternoon searching for fry in Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby. Success!
I spotted one near the wooden footbridge at the bottom end of the ravine, and half a dozen upstream and downstream of the Meadow Ave. bridge.
Din’t get any clear shots, but judging by the orange tails they were coho.
It’s always so rewarding to spot fry in the spring, for that means that salmon that came back to spawn in this stressed urban creek the previous autumn were successful in starting a new generation. Yay!
If we’re on the north shore in Vancouver and have a bit of time, we love the quick and easy Rice Lake loop. It’s a fairly short, flat trail, yet the lake and the towering trees refresh the soul.
This female mallard was almost overly friendly — very conditioned to humans. No handouts from us!
We didn’t see any water life until Yumi spotted this caddisfly larva crawling along the bottom. These creatures are so cool — they build “shells” out of bark, leaf litter, sand, tiny stones, etc.
That’s some excavating! Perhaps the work of a Pileated Woodpecker?
I came across this Northern Flicker in Taylor Park on my pre-dinner walk late this afternoon. It was drumming on this metal can on a pole. If the guys are making noise, does that mean spring must be around the corner? : -)
I thought I had the strap secure around my wrist, but somehow I dropped my near-new Canon SX730HS camera about 4 feet onto pavement today.
I picked the bits out of the iris at the front of the lens that opens and closes when the camera is powered on or off, and it’s cycling OK.
Found that an old Nikon F2 body cap covers the now non-protected lens nicely in the retracted position. Glad to have found a fix, but. . . Sigh. . .
We great enjoyed Walk on the Wild Side, a species at risk in the Tri-Cities seminar put on by the South Coast Conservation Program today.
Interesting and informative, and the nature walk along the Coquitlam River was fun!
Botanist Dr. Terry McIntosh out in the field
Tamsin collected some snail shells
My boots checking out the salmon trail
Checking out some wee wigglies
Part of Pamela’s snail shell collection
Yumi found this wee baby slug
Nice to see this hawk near the Coquitlam River
Ron McLean Park in SE Burnaby, BC. had lots of happy people out sledding in the sun.
Gates to sledding paradise : -)
An inch of two of snow is enough to transform the glorious outdoors — without really getting in your face because you know it’s not going to last long : -). And if you want serious snow, the north shore mountains are close.
Byrne Creek Ravine walk was lovely today.
Snow pants on a snowy slide!
So my wonderful wife said “don’t buy anything” for Valentine’s Day.
But she didn’t say “don’t make anything. . .”
Blueberry, Banana, Pineapple Pie.
We took a walk along Fraser Foreshore Park from Byrne Road west and into the bend conservation area, and then back east as far as Sussex Creek.
There were dozens of American Robins
Sleeping Great Blue Heron
We went for a walk on the Stanley Park seawall, and along a few of the park trails. Love was in the air . . . : -)
The sign at the Vancouver Police stables says please don’t feed the horses, but you can pat them on the tops of their noses.
We also enjoyed spotting some water life: