November 18, 2022

At lunch time, I walked around the pond, now almost completely frozen over, at Stone House in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  Twenty or so Northern Shovelers bobbed in the bit of open water.  To the east, along the trail near Yale Avenue Song Sparrows were scrounging for a meal in patches of dirt not covered by snow.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

After work I took another walk in the greenbelt, catching the last of the sun before it set.  Our resident, banded female Red-tailed Hawk was perched, as usual, on the speaker.

Red-tailed Hawk

The snow over the past couple of days has cleared the pond that never freezes of the scum that had coated the surface for weeks.  A few dozen Mallards were actively feeding, as was this pair of American Wigeons (first time I’ve seen them this season in the greenbelt).

American Wigeon (female)

American Wigeon (male)