On Saturday morning, as we were waiting the arrival of our friends, Karyn and I took some time out to search for wildlife. Unfortunately the wolf hunting season has decimated the Phantom wolf pack which normally inhabit the area where we were. We searched for wolves, foxes, and other mammals to no avail. (we would later find a fox and a few coyotes).
We did however find a number of my favorite winter birds - American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus). We stopped in 4 different places and found dippers in 3 of them. A pair of dippers in one location. Pretty cool.
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and a male Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon). They were each keeping their eyes on the river.
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus).
Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis), Black-billed Magpies (Pica pica), and the ever present European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).