Spotted this coyote making its way back to Pacific Spirit park. Didn't register our presence or seem to care. Just kept on its way past our vehicle. I've seen a number of coyotes over the years, usually at dawn or dusk. This mid-day sighting was unusual.
Here's a link to the Coyote page at the Stanley Park Ecology Society.
A couple of weekends ago the bairns and I participated in the Bullhead Derby in Steveston. Scores of kids chasing sculpins large and small off the shore of Garry Point. It was a lot of fun and #2 child took 2nd prize with a 9 1/2" fish (at right). All good.
Last weekend we were treated to an unusual wildlife encounter. A colony of bees, likely in the process of locating and founding a new hive, settled in our garden on Saturday afternoon. After trying out a branch in our plum tree, they dropped to the ground and settled for the next 24 hours or so. Individual bees, perhaps scouts, shuttled in and out of the cluster until sunset and then again throughout Sunday morning. Finally on Sunday evening they rose in one great cloud (well, they did leave some stragglers) and made their way to Pacific Spirit Park.
It's great to see honey bees around and, it seems, in good health.
I'm not much for birding actually but recently there have been a couple of raptors hanging out in the neighbourhood, hassling the crows and other local birdlife. From what I can discern from my Peterson's, they seem to be immature Sharp-Shinned Hawks (Accipiter striatus).
Correction: I am told by a an actual birder that based on it's size it's more likely a Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), which is apparently more prevalent in urban Vancouver .