Today (June 24, 2012), the whole family visited Stawamus Chief Provincial Park in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (a.k.a. Squamish), about 45 minutes north of our home in British Columbia, Canada. Although the terrain was quite challenging, it was a great outing, with perfect weather, plenty of fresh air, beautiful scenery and even a few bird sightings (mostly hearings, actually)! And something truly odd happened: we crossed our next door neighbours during our walk, completely by coincidence!
I have included a few photos of the scenery in this post, even though they give you merely a faint idea of the splendours of this region.
And even though I was not birding at all on this day (the terrain was really too steep!), I still heard or saw many species including: Grey Jays, a Raven, a Pileated Woodpecker, a Sooty Grouse, at least one Swainson’s Thrush and Varied Thrush, with various unidentified kinglets, warblers and hummingbirds (not to mention several highly curious Douglas Squirrels and Chipmunks). And at the very end of our hike, I even managed to take a few pictures of a family of White-crowned Sparrows enjoying the sun and feeding their offspring (see the last two pictures below).
I strongly recommend this park to anyone who likes a challenging but highly rewarding hike!