Geese, gulls, harbour seals and porpoises

On this overcast day we enjoyed the peace and quiet at Whytecliff Park. We hardly saw any other people there, but as usual there were quite a few animals at the park.

We saw a pair of Canada geese swim by and come back some time later. (We believe it was the same pair.)
We also saw a few harbour seals popping their heads out of the water, often looking at us, too, and, luckily for us, some harbour porpoises also made an appearance.

So much to see at Whytecliff Park

Whytecliff Park never ceases to amaze me. Although I have been there a thousand times (or so it seems), it still has this mesmerizing and soothing effect on me. I always feel good having spent some time there.
Of course, seeing wildlife frequently there – like today’s Anna’s hummingbird, a pair of beautiful seagulls, sea lions, harbour seals, and harbour porpoise – adds to that special feeling, too.

Whytecliff Park in the afternoon

After having spent some hours volunteering we went to Whytecliff Park enjoying some sunshine.

Spring was definitely here – with trees in full bloom and daffodils everywhere.

We saw lots of birds in the water and on land, either swimming, flying, hopping around, picking up some seeds and worms, or just looking at us.

We also saw some seals popping their heads out of the water.

After some hours we definitely felt very much refreshed.

At Whytecliff Park

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.

A cold but beautiful afternoon at Whytecliff Park

Well stocked with hot peppermint tea and well wrapped up with lots of layers of clothes, we spent several hours at Whytecliff Park to see some wildlife and to have a good time outdoors, especially as the sun was shining.

Once there, we found some beautiful spots and were able to spot some harbour seals, cormorants and seagulls. But the most amazing moment was when we saw harbour porpoises!

(to be continued…)

Another lovely afternoon at Barnet Marine Park

As Barnet Marine Park is only a few minutes’ drive away from our home, we quite spontaneously decided to go there once again as it is indeed a lovely spot.

We found a nice picnic table near the beach area so that our boys could enjoy a swim in Burrard Inlet which they did!

Later we explored the park a bit and found the remains of the once very prosperous lumber mill: a scrap burner at the shoreline – and a concrete structure of the mill near the picnic area.

We also observed some seagulls, especially a pair that was doing everything together, and watched some Canada geese that were quite curious and came close to our picnic table. They did not get anything from us but we got the opportunity to get some close shots of them.

Once again, we had a great time together.

A beaver at Lost Lagoon

When we were walking around Lost Lagoon, we saw a lot of wildlife.
There were squirrels, a red-winged blackbird, a towhee, wood ducks and mallards, mute swans, seagulls, blue herons, Canada geese and their goslings – and a beaver. Never before had we seen a beaver at Lost Lagoon, so that was really exciting. At first we only saw a branch in the water, but it was moving on its own; so that could not be happening, right – and then we saw the beaver dragging the branch along. Amazing, eh?

We had a fantastic evening stroll around Lost Lagoon, and we should definitely spend more time there…

An adventurous time at Whytecliff Park

The last time our boys were visiting us, we somehow did not go to Whytecliff Park, but ended up at Porteau Cove where we nevertheless spent a fantastic day. So this time, we made our way to Whytecliff Park where we saw a lot of wildlife: seagulls, cormorants, harlequin ducks, Canada geese, pink sea stars – and harbour porpoises!

As there was low tide, we could also climb up Whyte Islet from where we had a spectacular view of Bowen Island and the Straight of Georgia.

What a great day!

Harbour seals and harbour porpoises at Whytecliff Park

After several rainy days (and more to come) we had a day with near sunshine so that we headed towards Whytecliff Park to have a leisurely stroll there.
As it was nearly high tide, we could not reach Whyte Islet – which I had never climbed before. Maybe next time…
Anyway, a seagull seemed to be guarding the way – and it was looking towards us.

We also managed to find one geocache, a puzzle. Yay!

But the most exciting experience was that we saw harbour seals, and three harbour porpoises – two swimming together and a single one. That was so amazing as we had never seen a harbour porpoise in the wild before.

We definitely have to come back to see more wildlife there!