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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

On my morning walk earlier this week I was pleased to see this Common Goldeneye duck (Bucephala clangula). While I have seen small flocks of Goldeneyes elsewhere, generally when I see them on the Inner Harbour they are solitary or mixed in with a bunch of Buffleheads. I have yet to discover the reason for this. Any ideas?

Friday, February 5, 2016

West Song Beach 2

Here's another shot of this youngster enjoying the small beach on the West Song Walkway. Despite the summery associations the weather here continues quite cold and wet most days. When this was taken might have been the only clear sunny day this week.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

West Song Beach

Almost all the shoreline of the Inner Harbour is rocky at the water's edge but there is one tiny bit of sandy beach along the West Song Walkway, pictured above. When I took this photo a few days ago there was even an infant with a red sand shovel to make the scene complete.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Beacon Hill Park has a wide variety of Rhododendrons - there is even one variety that is native to Vancouver Island. I don't know what variety is pictured above but I was happy to see it beginning to bloom the other day.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

More Crocuses

On Sunday I posted a photo of a solitary crocus, but just to show you that it was not alone, here is what I came upon shortly after I took Sunday's photo.