A video of a Broad-tailed Hummingbird on my back deck:
Here’s a Broad-tailed Hummingbird on my back deck:
Tonight, on a decidedly rainy evening, three of us braved the Bear Creek Greenbelt to search for the owls.
We found “Wonky Eye” all fluffed out, shaking off the wet.
For a brief moment, the sun peeked through the clouds, and “Wonky Eye” flew up to a branch in the open, and dropped its wings to dry them.
A little later, darkness falling, the two adult owls were dueting.
On a windy, slightly rainy late afternoon in the Bear Creek Greenbelt a friend and I found “Wonky Eye” holding on to a tree.
It flew up to a small branch and struggled to balance in the wind.
And it was calling:
Mama Owl perched nearby, seemingly unperturbed.
Here are a few immature raptors seen in the Bear Creek Greenbelt today:
A couple of views of “Wonky Eye” toward the evening.
Here’s a Black-chinned Hummingbird at the nectar feeder on my deck:
In mid afternoon in the Bear Creek Greenbelt I saw a Red-tailed Hawk circling overhead. After I got home and looked at the picture, I saw it was banded. It’s most likely “Mama,” who was banded in 2016 in Sterling, and whom I’ve been watching in the greenbelt since 2019. More here.
A second Red-tailed Hawk joined her and put on a dangling legs display.
A third was circling even higher. A short time later I saw an immature Red-tailed Hawk with a vole beside Bear Creek.
This evening in the Bear Creek Greenbelt the only owl that made itself visible (and, later, heard) was Papa Owl.
Rain and darkness fell at the same time. Here’s a pair of wet raccoon kits seeking refuge in a tree leaning over the pond that never freezes.
I walked in the Bear Creek Greenbelt for a couple of hours before sunset. Here’s some of the wildlife I saw:
Here is the immature Great Horned Owl “Wonky Eye” today about an hour before sunset in the Bear Creek Greenbelt. Neither parent was seen or heard.