The latter half of the Easter weekend has been sunny- worth a trip up to Paradise Meadows to check on conditions.
Much of the boardwalk is free of snow although icy patches still persist.
More snow is gone from the meadows , and with the blue skies the views of Mt Allan Brooks, Mt Regan & Jutland Mountain were excellent.
A few leaves of Alpine White Marsh-marigold are emerging through the ice & remaining snow. Otherwise, only a few swamp lantern (skunk cabbage) are blooming in the wooded areas. Temperatures were around the freezing mark but rapidly warming in the sun.
Half a dozen Whiskey Jacks followed us on the Paradise Creek boardwalk. The Whiskey Jack (also known as Canada Jay or Gray Jay) is a strong contender for Canada’s National Bird – if you haven’t participated in this project yet, you can vote here!
Other birds of note in the meadows: lots of juncos, chickadees, a couple of robins & ravens, and the sounds of Sooty Grouse & Red-breasted Sapsucker.