May 2, 2021

Such a nice assortment of wildlife early this morning in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  We saw one beaver, one muskrat, and the usual avian wildlife, including a Black-crowned Heron, two Double-crested Cormorants, a Red-tailed Hawk on the nest, and a dozen or more Yellow-rumped Warblers, including both Audubon (yellow-throated) and Myrtle (white-throated).

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)

Common Grackle

A little later in the morning we rode our tandem road bike to Bear Creek Lake Park.  Wild plum is in bloom everywhere in the park.  We also saw one Red-tailed Hawk and one Swainson’s Hawk.

Still later in the morning I took another walk by myself in the greenbelt before the rain started.  I saw my first Yellow Warbler of the year:

Yellow Warbler

Our resident female Red-tailed Hawk was on her usual perch near the greenhouse.  I shot from quite a distance because I decided that discretion was the better part of valor when it came to that ominous sky.

Red-tailed Hawk framed by ominous sky

As I was hotfooting it back home, I also saw three ratty-looking Red-tailed Hawks flying overhead.  Here are two:

Red-tailed Hawks

The one in focus, the one on the right, has light-colored eyes, making it a younger individual.