This morning my better half and I set out before dawn to walk the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt. We headed east through a prairie dog field (where I’d seen a Cooper’s Hawk a week ago). Though it was still dark, I thought I saw a Cooper’s Hawk fly across the field toward Bear Creek. We also saw a large nest that we suspected might be big enough for a hawk family. At the end of the trail, we headed back west on the paved Bear Creek Trail and kept our eyes peeled for a Cooper’s Hawk perched up in a tree. My better half spotted some movement in the nest we’d suspected might be a hawk nest. Sure enough, it was a Cooper’s Hawk, and it flew across the trail in front of us and alighted on a tree on the creek side of the paved trail. Then we heard a second hawk calling. The first hawk flew a bit east, and joined a second Cooper’s Hawk up in a tree.
At the pool by the beaver dam, we spotted a couple of beavers swimming around. We were on the pedestrian bridge, being very still and quiet, when one climbed down the beaver dam and swam east in Bear Creek.
We kept walking west, and we spotted the Mallard family along the south bank of Bear Creek. Near the Cooper’s Hawk nest not far from Old Kipling, we spotted another Cooper’s Hawk perched in a tree.
Dawn itself was beautiful, gorgeous reds and oranges and yellows.
A little later, at the pool by the beaver dam, mama Mallard and all thirteen ducklings were swimming around:
An ever-present Red-winged Blackbird:
After work, my better half and I rode our mountain bikes to Bear Creek Lake park. At the “Cottontail trail” Great Horned Owl nest, we saw three owlets standing in the nest and mama perched on a limb close by (today we remembered to bring binoculars). At the owl nest near the pedestrian bridge outside the entrance, we saw mama owl and one owlet standing in the nest. And at the “Cottontail picnic area” we saw mama owl and what we think were two owlets (no clear shot of a head).