November 28, 2019

My better half and I started this Thanksgiving Day by walking the dog (with new booties!) down to the Bear Creek Greenbelt. It was about 15 degrees, and there was snow everywhere and the edges of the creek were iced up. We saw a male Belted Kingfisher that’s recently taken up residence along a stretch of the creek. We also saw a muskrat swimming across the creek with a branch in its mouth.

A little later we went hiking at Staunton State Park. We hiked up the Mason Creek trail, which was snowy, but with a few footprints and ski tracks–about 15 inches had fallen there. We headed up Bear Paw, too, breaking trail; nobody had been up that way since it had snowed. It took over three hours to hike just five miles. Some of the wildlife we saw:

Mule deer doe
Mule deer buck
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mountain Chickadee