Monthly Archives: December 2019

December 29, 2019

This morning the temperature was in the single digits.  When it broke double digits, we took the dog for a walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.

Detail from Bear Creek (north side)

Detail from Bear Creek (south side)

The female Common Goldeneye was back in Bear Creek:

Common Goldeneye

So were three Gadwalls.  Here’s one:

In the late morning my better half and I hiked at Mount Falcon.  Here’s the view of Red Rocks from the Turkey Trot trail on Mount Falcon:

Red Rocks

Wildlife at Mount Falcon included rabbits, Dark-eyed Juncos, Black-capped Chickadees, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jays, American Robins, a Townsend’s Solitaire, and a Cooper’s Hawk.


American Robin

Townsend’s Solitaire

Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay

In the afternoon I went back to Bear Creek.  The Common Goldeneye was mixing with five Hooded Mergansers–two pairs and a singleton female.

Here’s one of the Hooded Merganser pairs:

Hooded Mergansers

A female Hooded Merganser:

Hooded Merganser


An omnipresent muskrat:


December 28, 2019

Snow began falling in the early hours.  Just after dawn we walked the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  There were two to three inches of snow on the ground, and snow was still falling!

My better half caught sight of two crows mobbing a Great Horned Owl.  Here it is giving us an “annoyed cat” look:

Great Horned Owl

As usual, Mallards and muskrats were out.  Here’s one of the muskrats:


A little later that morning, we walked along Bear Creek to Wadsworth Boulevard and back.  As we were heading east, we were the first to leave tracks on the snowy trail.  We saw a Belted Kingfisher, lots of Mallards, a couple of Red-tailed Hawks, a Hooded Merganser pair, and muskrats.  Walking back west, the snow and wind picked up.

The large beaver dam at Bear Creek

Bear Creek

December 26, 2019

Back in the Bear Creek Greenbelt to walk the dog this chilly (mid 30s) afternoon.  We didn’t see the Hooded Mergansers, but we did see lots of Mallards, including the Manky Mallard.

Detail of Bear Creek


Manky Mallard