After work, when it was very hot and cloudy, I walked down to the Bear Creek Greenbelt. Even though there weren’t many people out and things seemed quiet, there was wildlife to be seen. Almost immediately I saw a Cooper’s Hawk fly off to the north. Much higher, a pair of White Pelicans flew south. The Double-crested Cormorant was sunning itself by the pedestrian bridge and two Mallard families clambered up the dam to the beaver pool. Just north of Bear Creek I spotted a Lesser Goldfinch and I heard House Wrens, House Finches, Black-capped Chickadees, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Song Sparrow, juvenile Blue Jays, and a Northern Flicker. Across the creek I spotted this Gray Catbird, singing beautifully:
On my walk home through a grassy field, I saw an American Kestrel perched on a power line.
In my neighborhood, there was a rabbit in nearly every yard. Having just read about Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus type 2, a deadly and contagious disease that has appeared in pockets of the Western U.S., I snapped a couple of pictures.