Not too long after dawn my better half and I headed into the Bear Creek Greenbelt for a walk with the dog. As we approached the footbridge, I heard a Brown Creeper giving its two-note call. It took me a a few minutes to find it, but eventually I found it working its way up a cottonwood tree. Later, I found another Brown Creeper (or maybe the same one) west of the footbridge on the north side of the Bear Creek Trail:
My better half and I spotted a Hermit Thrush at the same time:
A fellow birder let us know about an American Dipper he’d seen between Old Kipling and the Kipling Parkway. We headed down there and caught a glimpse. We’d hoped to see a Great Horned Owl near a likely nest there, but no luck.
In the afternoon, I took another walk in the greenbelt. I saw a muskrat swimming in the pond that never freezes. These days, we don’t see them on the banks of Bear Creek, or on logs in the creek.
I walked over to the Red-tailed Hawk nest by Yale. Both hawks were perched in a nearby tree., the male a few branches higher than the female. The male has a darker head and isn’t banded. The female gave me a blood-curdling cry and took off. Here’s the male:
Here’s the female: