September 13, 2020

This morning on our walk with the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt we heard and saw several Gray Catbirds and Black-capped Chickadees.  Plus we spotted this Cooper’s Hawk:

Cooper’s Hawk

Back at home, a Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay passed through the back yard yesterday.  This morning we’ve had the usuals–House Finches, Black-capped Chickadees, Northern Flickers. Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, and White-breasted Nuthatches–as well as several dozen Common Grackles, a few American Goldfinches, and a Chipping Sparrow.

Chipping Sparrow

Later in the morning we rode our mountain bikes to Bear Creek Lake Park.  The most notable thing we saw there was a four-foot bull snake, the first we’ve seen all year.

At end of day we took the dog for another walk in the greenbelt.  This Black-crowned Night Heron was just a few feet off the trail, at the edge of Bear Creek, and staying so still that almost nobody noticed it.

Black-crowned Night Heron