Always something to see at Whytecliff Park

We spent some time before and after sunset at Whytecliff Park today where we saw lots of birds, sea lions, and harbour porpoises – and we had a most beautiful sunset, 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.

Vancouver Aquarium, Lost Lagoon and Burnaby sunset

The last day of May promised to be as sunny as a summer’s day – and is there any better way than to spend it at the Vancouver Aquarium?! – So that we did.

On our way there, at Devonian Harbour Park, we saw a Canada geese family with lots of goslings swimming happily together.

Once inside the Vancouver Aquarium, we made a beeline to Jack and Daisy’s habitat, only to see that now there were six female fur seals in. I had never seen any of those before, and they were fun to watch, too.
Jack and Daisy were still in the little dolphin habitat. But the good thing for us was to be able to see them interact with their trainers during one of their training sessions. Jack seemed to respond more to them than Daisy did.
We then walked over to the Steller sea lions and harbour seals to watch an interesting training session with them as well. Vancouver Aquarium interpreter Lauren and both marine mammal trainers Anna and Leonora made this experience very special.
It was the first time that we actually saw all four female Steller sea lions together with their male colleagues, the three harbour seals.
And then it was time to see the dolphins in action. Once again, Lauren very enthusiastically led the audience through the dolphin show in which Hana and Helen had fun interacting with their trainers Anna and Leonora.
When we went to see Elfin, Tanu and Katmai, they all seemed to have a very relaxing day.
Time is always flying by when being at the Vancouver Aquarium, and as it was nearly time to leave, we quickly headed towards Schoona’s habitat which she shares with lots of fish, some sharks and rays. So one of her co-inhabitants is often swimming in front of the lens and trying to sneak into the picture…

Then it was time to say good-bye to all the animals, but surprisingly we saw quite a few different animals on our way home, too.
In Stanley Park, there was this black squirrel sitting in the grass and climbing a tree later, and some turtles were swimming in the Lost Lagoon. There we also saw those huge berries which looked like raspberries, but I looked them up and found out that these are edible salmonberries.
At Devonian Harbour Park we did not only see two geese families, and one of them had twelve (!) goslings, but also some birds. There were a house sparrow, a male red-winged blackbird and a female Red-shafted Northern Flicker. Did you know that these Northern Flickers are the only woodpeckers that frequently feed on the ground? Interesting, eh?
At Cardero Park we also saw a Common Starling, and a bit further away, near the Marina, there was a single duck swimming with its duckling.

Back home in Burnaby, we had a beautiful sunset with great clouds. What a fantastic ending of such an amazing day!

Gastown, Lost Lagoon and Second Beach

Once again we used the SkyTrain to get to Vancouver, and this time we went to the terminus station Waterfront from where we headed towards Gastown, named after ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton who opened a saloon in that area from which Vancouver evolved. Of course, we had to have a look at its famous Steam Clock which, by the way, is also featured on the artwork to Nickelback’s album ‘Here and Now’.

On our way to the Lost Lagoon we stopped to see the Olympic flames which are impressive indeed.

When we arrived at the Lost Lagoon, we did not only see nature in its full bloom but also animals in abundance. There were Canada geese, blue herons, raccoons, spotted towhees, chickadees, turtles, ducks and swans – all living there in harmony. I just love this place and never tire of coming back to it again and again.

From there it’s just a little walk to Second Beach which we saw at low tide – for the first time. We enjoyed the sun and had our first ice cream there. Yummy!

After having spent an amazing day outdoors, we headed towards the SkyTrain station where an enormous amount of cherry blossoms greeted us. What a wonderful outing!

The Sussex Amble geocaching tour

We wanted to see more of England and what better way to do it than by geocaching? So we chose the Sussex Amble – and that was quite a hike! We found all the geocaches on our way (yay!), but we had to stop and return as it was getting dark.

We enjoyed the hike very much although it was quite steep at times – but we admired the nature and saw some snowdrops and sparrows on our way. So it was definitely worth it!

An afternoon walk to Rustington

We headed out to Rustington, a small town very close to Littlehampton and chose the way along the beach to get most out of the walk. And we found some geocaches on our way, too – but that was planned, of course!

Late afternoon walk at Littlehampton beach

Today at the sea it was rather windy (and therefore a bit colder), and the waves were crashing against the shore as the sea came in again. However, the seagulls and all the other birds were happily flying around and even settling near the waves. We really enjoyed watching them – and had a lovely day at the beach.