January 3, 2022

On a lunch walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt I found an American Dipper beneath the Kipling Parkway bridge:

American Dipper

Not too far away a Belted Kingfisher perched over Bear Creek:

I also saw four Red-tailed Hawks, including a Harlan’s:

Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan’s)

Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan’s)

The last bird I saw was a Spotted Towhee, which made me smile because I’ve been hearing this bird for weeks–usually right around dawn–but haven’t caught sight of one until today.

Spotted Towhee

After work my better half and I took the dog for a walk in the greenbelt.  At the pond that never freezes we saw 80 Mallards, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, a pair of American Wigeons, and a first-of-season female Common Goldeneye.

Common Goldeneye

American Wigeons