A running water sprinkler providing cool relief to several crows in Vanderhoof was a delightful sight for Linda Scott.
With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, the Vancouver makeup artist recently returned to visit her hometown amid a historic wave.
As the mercury soared to nearly 40°C on Tuesday, June 29 she drove past the Michael Reed Law Corporation on Bute Avenue, where she saw a number of crows cooling themselves and getting a much-needed drink of water from a sprinkler she said was so thoughtfully left on low.
“Definitely a time to look out for others,” Scott said. “Not walking dogs on hot pavement, leaving cool fresh water out for birds and dogs to enjoy, and checking in with the elderly, are all things we can to get us through the heat.”
While Reed did not witness first-hand the birds take advantage of the sprinkler, he watched one of them slowly approach the sprinkler for a cool bath in a TikTok video shared to Facebook by Scott.
“It’s hilarious,” Reed said of the video with the theme song from Mission Impossible playing in the background.
More than 50 records were shattered across B.C. that day as heat warnings remained in place for much of the province.
Vanderhoof had touched 37.9°C according to Environment, and a new record of 37.6°C was reached for the Prince George area that beat its old record of 30.6°C set in 1987.
Reed said his wife is from Taiwan, where it gets pretty hot but admitted this was the first time he had experienced heat like that in Vanderhoof.
For Scott, she remained thankful for the scene of the birds being able to get some relief from the heat.
As of Friday, July 2, Environment Canada said the dangerous long-duration heat wave would continue for Stuart Nechako, North Columbia, Kinbasket, 100 Mile, Cariboo, Prince George, Yellowhead, McGregor and B.C. Peace River.