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Spring seems to have arrived early



Queen Elizabeth Park

My kids have gymnastics on Saturday mornings and Queen Elizabeth park is right next door.  I like the walk and it's sometimes surprising what turns up in the middle of the city.   One of the ornamental trees had Ruby Crowned Kinglets looking for bugs.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet Eating BugsRuby Crowned Kinglet With Flowers

 
Last week I saw a wren in the leaves and went back to see if I could spot him again.  I spotted him, but also spotted a variable thrush in the trees.  The Variable Thrust is interesting - it comes to the city for the winter and heads up to the mountains in the summer.  I don't see it very often, but because it's so showy, it stands out when you do rarely spot one.
 
Variable Thrush Looking At MeVariable Thrush Eating Winter Fruit

Chinese New Years Parade

Bundled Up For Cold Parade
The kids really like the Chinatown parade.  The kids take Chinese classes at the Chinese Cultural Center and this year we had the opportunity to walk in parade - surprisingly they didn't want to walk.  We followed our usual strategy - arrive about an hour before the parade and park a few blocks from the parade route.

Two Lions DancingWalking With Lion CostumesLion Running By

Lion Walking To Parade StartShane Simpson Handing Our Red Packets

Dragon HeadThe parade has a many different features - my favorites are the Lion dancers and the dragons.  Dragons are fun to watch, especially at the start of the parade when people have lots of energy.

Gold Costume DragonLong Yellow And Red Dragon

Afternoon Snowfall

Our plan for Sunday afternoon was to visit the boat show at Granville Island.  We walked down in the snow and found the Boat show had closed hours earlier because of the snow.  The kids didn't mind - walking in the snow was fun.

Snowing In CourtyardSnowballs Under BridgesClaira Walking To Granville Island

Nara With Snow On Marina

Snowday!

Claira And Nara Snow Day
Monday was a school day and Tuesday the Vancouver School board declared a school day.  Without another parenting option, I decided to take the kids to work and let them do their homework at my desk.  Of course going downtown in the snow is fun for the kids.

Claira And Nara Playing In Downtown Snow

Queen Elizabeth Park Again

 Winter Wren Looking For Bugs
Every week, I have roughly an hour to walk around the park.  My hope is to find a Hummingbird nest, but I have yet to have any luck.  This week there was snow on the ground and small birds were busier than normal.  Much of their usual food is covered up so the birds are pushed into the smaller patches of bare ground under trees.


This week, I stood in one spot (a snow covered trail) for at least half an hour watching the birds come and go.  Four different species came and went in that period of time.

Purple Finch Female Eating Dried FruitSong Sparrow On Evergreen BranchChickadee On Branch



Chickadee On Branch
Species: Poecile atricapillus (Black-capped Chickadee)
Altitude: 104m (341 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Queen Elizabeth Park
Claira And Nara Snow Day
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: snow
Nara With Snow On Marina
Person: Nara
Tags: Granville Island, marina, snow
Variable Thrush Looking At Me
Species: Ixoreus naevius (Varied Thrush)
Altitude: 122m (400 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Queen Elizabeth Park
Dragon Head
Tags: dragon, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Walking With Lion Costumes
Tags: costume, lion dance, Vancouver Chinatown
Purple Finch Female Eating Dried Fruit
Species: Haemorhous purpureus (Purple Finch)
Altitude: 104m (341 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Queen Elizabeth Park
Long Yellow And Red Dragon
Tags: dragon, lion dance, Vancouver Chinatown
Lion Running By
Tags: lion dance, Vancouver Chinatown
Gold Costume Dragon
Tags: dragon, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Claira Walking To Granville Island
Tags: bridge, Granville Island, snow, underneath
Lion Walking To Parade Start
Tags: lion dance, parade, Vancouver Chinatown
Winter Wren Looking For Bugs
Species: Troglodytes hiemalis (Winter Wren)
Altitude: 104m (341 feet)
Location: Go To...
Bundled Up For Cold Parade
Person: Claira, Helen, Nara
Tags: Vancouver Chinatown
Claira And Nara Playing In Downtown Snow
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: snow, Vancouver
Ruby Crowned Kinglet With Flowers
Species: Regulus calendula (Ruby-crowned Kinglet)
Altitude: 117m (383 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Queen Elizabeth Park
Snowing In Courtyard
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: snow
Ruby Crowned Kinglet Eating Bugs
Species: Regulus calendula (Ruby-crowned Kinglet)
Altitude: 117m (383 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Queen Elizabeth Park
Snowballs Under Bridges
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: bridge, snow, underneath
Song Sparrow On Evergreen Branch
Species: Melospiza melodia (Song Sparrow)
Altitude: 104m (341 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Queen Elizabeth Park
Two Lions Dancing
Tags: lion dance, Vancouver Chinatown
Variable Thrush Eating Winter Fruit
Species: Ixoreus naevius (Varied Thrush)
Altitude: 122m (400 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Queen Elizabeth Park
Shane Simpson Handing Our Red Packets
Tags: Vancouver Chinatown(8), Queen Elizabeth Park(7), snow(6), lion dance(5), dragon(3), parade(3)
People: Nara(6), Claira(5), Helen(1)

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