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Walk at Iona Beach Regional Park
On a Saturday morning,
Iona is one of my "go to" parks. It's a short drive from our
house and it's almost a different world - sandy beach, large ponds,
grasslands and a few large trees. This visit we didn't even
get out of the parking lot before spotting wildlife. Two
Raccoons decided the tree that shades would make a great place to
sleep and they were looking for forks in the branches to
sleep. We watched them curl up into balls and fall asleep 30+
feet from the ground.
Our usual route is to walk around
the large northern pond. It's a favorite place to see
Yellow-winged Blackbirds (none today) and predators hunting.
While it's early spring, the blackbirds were out in numbers and
their song carry well.
In the blackberries and small trees near the pond you can often spot
When you get around to the river side, the short stunted trees have
many really good perches for hummingbirds. Apparently it's
breeding seasons as Males were already staking out
territories. We didn't see any females today.
surprise for me was to see the Snow Geese! I usually associate
these with large flocks in farmers fields or at the edge of the
Fraser delta. I was a little surprised to see a bunch of birds
eating grass near the parking lot, but we happened to be in the park
at high high tide so there would be very little space for them out
on the mud. We took a seat on a log and watched as the birds
got closer and closer to us. Behaving like a flock, eventually
something changed their minds and they lifted into the air, only the
settle down 20 feet away in another grassy patch. It was nice
to be so close to calm birds.
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