January 1, 2021

On this, the first day of the year, the temperature in the mid 20s and the sky cloudy, we headed into the Bear Creek Greenbelt for a walk with the dog just before dawn.  A raccoon was sleeping high a tree.

Raccoon

We saw over a dozen species of birds, including this song sparrow:

Song sparrow

No rarities, although it’s still jarring to me to see American goldfinches in the middle of winter here.

On the walk back home we spied a coyote:

Coyote

Late this afternoon I happened to spot 16 cedar waxwings in a neighbor’s tree:

Cedar waxwings