On this Thanksgiving Day the morning was clear and cold, with the temperature in the 20s. We took the dog for a long walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt. We saw dozens of American robins, several of a number of species, including northern flickers, European starlings, dark-eyed juncos, black-capped chickadees, song sparrows, and house finches. We also saw a common raven, and black-billed magpies, picking at the remains of a raccoon.
At the pond by Stone House we saw dozens of Canada geese, and a good number of mallards and northern shovelers, afloat in parts of the pond that weren’t frozen over.
Above Bear Creek we spotted a belted kingfisher:
We also saw several muskrats perched on logs in Bear Creek, including this one:
Muskrat (“My, what yellow teeth you have!”)
Just before the noon hour (the temperature now in the 30s) I spotted a hairy woodpecker in our back yard–the first one I’ve ever seen there. We get downy woodpeckers and northern flickers on a daily basis, but not this species.
Just after the noon hour I spotted these two prairie dogs in the field behind our back yard:
When we walked off our Thanksgiving meal, birdlife was scarcely to be seen in the greenbelt, although we did see a hermit thrush, which is rare for these parts at this time of year:
Muskrats, however, are everywhere: