July 31, 2020

For the third morning in a row, we’ve spotted all four juvenile Cooper’s Hawks on our walk with the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  But the dawn’s very early light does not make good pictures.  We usually see one or two beavers in the pond north of Bear Creek.

It’s grown much quieter in the greenbelt these days.  This afternoon after work when I went walking, the only bird I heard was a Black-capped Chickadee.  Yet we have five House Wren nestlings in a bird house in our back yard, and they (not to mention the adults!) make a ruckus.  In the greenbelt I saw what are probably the last couple of broods of Mallards in Bear Creek–a mother with six-half grown ducklings, and a mother with seven half-grown ducklings.

As the sky grew dark, threatening rain, I made my way back home along Bear Creek.  I came across this Black-crowned Night Heron east of the pedestrian bridge:

Black-crowned Night Heron