April 25, 2021

This morning on our walk with the dog in the Bear Creek Greenbelt the Red-winged Blackbirds were the most populous, and vocal, of the species we saw.

Red-winged Blackbird (male)

Red-winged Blackbird (female)

Red-winged Blackbird (female) with nesting material

There’s still a variety of waterfowl:  Mallards, Canada Geese, Gadwalls, Cinnamon Teals, Blue-winged Teals, a Double-crested Cormorant, and a couple of female Hooded Mergansers, including this one:

Hooded Merganser

The female Red-tailed Hawk was on the nest at Yale.  The male was on one of their favorite perches:

Red-tailed Hawk

At midway we rode our mountain bikes at Bear Creek Lake Park.  The Great Horned Owl was on her nest along the Cottonwood Tail, and we’re pretty sure we saw a white downy head next to her.

The temperature soared into the upper 70s today.  I took another walk in the greenbelt in the afternoon.  The darker-headed Red-tailed Hawk was on the nest:

Red-tailed Hawk

 

A pair of Gadwalls:

Gadwalls

The birds below may or may not have been yawning.  The Double-crested Cormorant was definitely doing some gular fluttering on the warmest day of the year so far.

Hooded Merganser

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant