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The sky cleared a bit yesterday so we took the opportunity to enjoy our usual harbour-front walk. Here are a few of the sights we enjoyed.

This is Gemma. We couldn't resist crossing the street to meet her. She was so sweet, soft and wiggly!

This is Gemma. We couldn’t resist crossing the street to meet her. She was so sweet, soft and wiggly!

Oyster catchers! It had been a wile since we had seen any of these cool birds.

Oyster catchers! It had been a wile since we had seen any of these cool birds.

Gulls and waves, looking east.

Gulls and waves, looking east.

There were so many gulls hovering around this area. We were trying to see what was attracting them. It wasn't until we got a ways beyond this point that we saw someone was sitting just below this spot who was feeding them.

There were so many gulls hovering around this area. We were trying to see what was attracting them. It wasn’t until we got a ways beyond this point that we saw someone was sitting just below this spot feeding them.

Looking east toward Ogden Point.

Looking west toward Ogden Point and the Sooke Hills.

We found this little path of crocus last year in Beacon Hill Park. It's a bit bigger this year!

We found this little path of crocus last year in Beacon Hill Park. It’s a bit bigger this year!

Our walking outings have been providing a lot of bird sitings lately. On April 1, I reported that we saw what I thought was a flock of American Goldfinch. Further research in the bird book revealed that they were more likely Evening Grosbeak. I wish we had been able to get close enough to them to take some pictures. At the waterfront last week we saw two Hummingbirds and a pretty little brown bird I cannot identify. He was sparrow-sized, maybe slightly larger, quite evenly brown with a slightly crested head; very pretty. The coolest sighting lately were the two Black Oystercatchers in the picture below. We were very close to them and they weren’t bothered at all. Ah nature, even in the city it abounds.

Black Oystercatchers in the Inner Harbour, Victoria BC. Very distinctive red beaks.