And some clever quip...
Birding at Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Nature Vancouver organizes walks and
lectures in Vancouver. On this Sunday morning, they
organized a walk at Reifel Bird Sanctuary out in Ladner. The
walk started when they open at 9am. I arrived a few minutes
early (it's about a 45 minute drive from where I live) and was
surprised to see a line up of cars at the gate.
The manager at the sanctuary was unlocking the gate, but I could
tell it was going to be a busy day.
Kids like the Sanctuary because of the endless streams of mallards
looking for bird food. Grown ups like it because interesting
birds show up to rest there as they continue their migration to
places much south of here. At this time of the year,
Yellowlegs (small birds on unreasonably long legs) were common in
There are resident birds that are here most of the year.
Peregrine falcons and Northern Harriers are common predators year
round here. When we walked out to the ponds, they were
surprisingly quiet until we saw Peregrine flying quickly by,
hunting it's next meal. Small shore birds were wary.
The birding target of the day was Stilt
Sandpiper that normally doesn't show up here. Normally Stilt
Sandpipers migrate south on the other side of the rockies, but
somehow one had been mixed up in the wrong flock and came down the
pacific side. When all the birds are sleeping, it's tricky
to spot but once they start feeding, it's easier to see.
We started our walk shortly after 9am and were done before
noon. It was a good day!
Claira has Gymnastics on Saturdays around
lunch time. Nara broke her arm in the summer so she can't do
gymnastics this fall. While Claira is in class, Nara and I
have been going out on little activities. So far, we are two
for two where the activity included face paint.
After Chinese class, we sometimes go out for a treat. On
ice-cream place we like in Chinatown stopped opening in the
evening so we picked a new place - Soft Peaks in Gastown:
JS Harusame & JDS Kashima Visit
The big military ports in BC are on the
Island so we don't often see militiary ships in the harbour.
Two Japanese training ships are doing a world tour and stopped in
Vancouver. They organized an open house where the public
could step aboard and take a look. It was a rainy day, but
we decided to check it out.
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
We have been to the Renfrew Ravine Moon
Festival twice before - once in 2015 and once in 2013. As the
kids get older, it's easier - staying up a little late isn't
such as big deal and the excitement of carrying a lantern is
larger than the fear of being out in the woods at night (with
large crowds). This year we skipped the procession and
arrived just as things were getting set up and the crowds were a
The Lanterns in the forest are always
fun to explore - some are the same from previous years, others
are new and novel.
Lanterns very in scale from coloured jars with tea lights up to
large instalation pieces.
This year we could stay
later for the performance after the lanterns. We got
a spot on the rope line to the left of the show and the kids sat
on my shoes rather than the wet grass. The performance was
a story using shadow puppet style projection and live actors to
tell a store about polution and inevitably, a fire. The
show was done with a reasonable sized cast and lots of action to
keep the kids into it.
Tags: Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival(11), Reifel Bird Sanctuary(7), lantern(6), performance(6), military(5), public tour(4)
People: Nara(6), Claira(4)
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