The clear skies of the past several weeks have come to an end at Paradise Meadows & Forbidden Plateau. Driving up the mountain today, you pass through the lower cloud layer (fog!) that is making the Comox Valley rather gloomy. Then, at the 1100 m elevation of the meadows, you are above the lower layer but there was still higher cloud above, at about 1700m.
A great hike with a bunch of energetic kids today, from the Comox Valley Montessori school. The kids had a chance to experience the meadows in autumn – including the beautiful colours, berries, and mushrooms.
A few birds were also spotted, including this one, which at first glance I thought was a starling.
The yellow eye is the main identifying feature of the Brewer’s Blackbird, which is an uncommon summer visitor according to the Strathcona Park bird checklist!