January 12, 2021

This morning on our early morning walk with the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt it was very dark (new moon) and chilly (temperature in the low teens).  At the pond that never freezes we saw dozens of Canada geese and we heard, but could hardly see, several mallards.  On the back home, we saw a raccoon tucked up in a tree, fast asleep.

On our walk after work, my better half spotted a sharp-shinned hawk:

Sharp-shinned hawk

At the pond that never freezes there were 100 mallards, and one each of a (male) gadwall, (female) hooded merganser, and (female) common goldeneye.  The only Canada geese we saw were flying overhead.

Common goldeneye