With the possibility of rain forecast for later in the morning, we went to Whytecliff Park really, and I mean, really early in the morning where we were the only visitors.
It was amazingly quiet and peaceful. Hardly any boats were on the water, and we could enjoy all the wildlife around us.
We saw the usual birds – crows, white-crowned sparrows, hummingbirds – but also a male adult band-tailed pigeon.
And we spotted harbour porpoises and harbour seals, too. One of the seals was so close to shore and kept looking at us all the time.
We spent some very relaxing hours at Whytecliff Park today – and we saw so many animals!
There was this little jewel beetle that landed on Marcus’s pants.
Then we saw all the busy bees and bumblebees, watched cormorants, crows, spotted towhees, white-crowned sparrows, crows, a blue heron, bald eagles, harbour seals…
We never had a dull moment.
Nature also showed us some gorgeous clouds, strong waves, and a beautiful sunset.
After our little museum excursion, we went to Whytecliff Park – although rain was predicted.
It is always so nice and peaceful out there so that we just wanted to give it a try. And the clouds are always so special.
We were lucky indeed – at least for some time – before the rain came.
Until then we had some company from a crow and a bald eagle.
While enjoying some relaxing time at Whytecliff Park, we saw a lot of wildlife around us.
There was one inquisitive crow which walked along the cliff and kept looking at us.
We also spotted a beautiful pair of harlequin ducks swimming by. And, of course, we also saw harbour seals, sea lions, and harbour porpoises.
Once again we set off to Whytecliff Park to see if we could spot some harbour porpoises there.
It was a really sunny but very cold day, but we came prepared!
Dressed with various layers, toques, gloves, and a thermos filled with hot peppermint tea, we braved the cold.
Unfortunately, we did not see a single harbour porpoise during the two and a half hours we spent there, but we saw several bird species fly by, including two adult bald eagles which was pretty amazing.
We also saw some seals or rather their heads popping out of the water.
One of them seemed to bathe in the sunshine, and its whiskers sparkled in the sun.
We had a wonderful time at Whytecliff Park; and when we got home, we had a nice cup of hot chocolate to warm up again.