January 5, 2022

On an early lunch walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt I approached the pond that never freezes from the south.  The ducks reacted to my movement by quacking and moving to the north side, but when I stayed still, they quieted down and began feeding and drifting around the pond again.  The Common Goldeneye from the last couple of days was gone, but the Hooded Merganser pair was there, as was a Wood Duck drake.  The Wood Duck appeared to be fond of a female Mallard:

Wood Duck and Mallard

It repeatedly fended off a Mallard drake:

Wood Duck and Mallards

On my walk home I watched three American Crows chase a Red-tailed Hawk across the sky:

Red-tailed Hawk harassed by three American Crows