For the second day in a row, the two Hooded Merganser ducklings were nowhere to be seen in the Bear Creek Greenbelt. An adult female was at the pond that never freezes:
So was a Belted Kingfisher:
I walked over to see the Great Horned Owls east of Estes and was rewarded by good views of two of the owlets:
When it didn’t have its eyes closed, one of the owlets kept its left eye in a squint:
Mama Great Horned Owl not far away on a tree branch:
Swallows–Violet-Green, Tree, Barn, and Cliff–were patrolling the pond by Stone House. I saw three Canada Geese pairs with young: two pairs had three chicks, and one pair had a single chick. I also saw a couple of American Kestrels, half a dozen Blue Jays, a few Yellow-rumped Warblers, a couple of White-crowned Sparrows, and a Yellow Warbler while I was on that side of the greenbelt. House Wrens can be heard everywhere.
West of Estes, a pair of Common Mergansers in Bear Creek:
I also saw a number of Mallards, including seven Mallard ducklings.
A little later in the morning, my better half and I rode the Mt. Carbon Loop at Bear Creek Lake Park on our mountain bikes. The weather couldn’t have been better: in low 60s, a cool breeze, partly sunny, and relatively humid. Along the trail that runs next to Morrison we saw a hundred or more swallows, as well as an Eastern Kingbird.
Finally, before the noon hour I saw a Black-chinned Hummingbird (first of the year!), the bottom of its gorget flashing metallic purple, at the nectar feeder on our back deck.