The days are getting shorter, and it’s a little darker when we head out to walk the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt in the morning. Still, this morning we were able to see a couple of bats flying above the beaver pond by the pedestrian bridge. We saw several wet beaver footprints on the paved trail going from the creek to the pond. At the pond we counted four beavers. A couple of the juvenile Cooper’s Hawks showed up, too, in the trees near the old nest.
A rainstorm blew through in the afternoon. Afterward, I walked in the greenbelt. I saw a Belted Kingfisher, a small flock of Bushtits, a Lesser Goldfinch, and several Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, including this one: