I see many birds and dogs when I visit Vancouver’s ponds and lakes but I don’t usually see turtles. A month ago, I saw the silhouette of a small turtle on a log at Trout Lake while I was trying to get a closer look at some Northern Shovelers. I thought it was man made. After forgetting about it for a few minutes, I decided to take a closer look. It was gone! Not man made.

A few days ago, I went to see what the ducks, geese and gulls were up to at the False Creek pond. As I approached a clearing between two patches of trees, a turtle appeared. I oohed and ahhed over it for a while, and when I turned my head left, two more turtles appeared!
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Hooded merganser nest

I saw my first hooded mergansers in early February this year. An hour and a half before sunrise, I just couldn’t sleep so I walked west into the darkness, with no particular destination in mind. At Main St and Broadway, the coffee shops were still closed. Fifteen minutes before sunrise, I finished my coffee and muffin on Cambie and bounced down to False Creek. Rain … Continue reading Hooded merganser nest