Special Crosscountry Species Parade, Episode 13

If Audubon and the University of California can collect census through roadkills, then I can, too.

IMG_1835Recently, I covered over 6,000 miles of highway and back roads, traveling to and from Utah (twice) and then Maine and back. I saw a lot of wildlife, including mountain goats as I was crossing over Wolf Creek Pass.

Unfortunately, most of the mammals I saw were dead. As I joined the vehicular masses, I couldn’t help feeling that people come to view road kill with the same disconnection or compartmentalization as supermarket meat. “Those fleshy packages were once animals!” was what I wished highway billboards would say.

Of course, many animals adapt. I watched as a red tailed hawk dove straight down from a 80-foot-high street light to grab a mouse. It then ascended straight back up, too. Quite a feat.

Here’s the Special Cross Country Species Parade, 69 species.

Mammals:

Coyote

Mule Deer

A robin at dusk

A robin at dusk

White Tailed Deer

Cottontail Rabbit

Badger

Armadillo

Brush Mouse

Pocket Gopher

Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel

Rock Squirrel

Prairie Dog

Skunk

Raccoon

Woodchuck

Possum

Turkeys roosting WAY up in a pine tree. There are about eight in this photo.

Turkeys roosting WAY up in a pine tree. There are about eight in this photo.

Porcupine

Antelope

Elk

Chipmunk

Birds:

Brewer’s Blackbird

Black-headed Grosbeak

Bobolink

Dickcissel

Killdeer

Chipping Sparrow

Mute Swan

Cardinal

Say’s Phoebe

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Black headed grosbeak

Black headed grosbeak

Red-Naped Sapsucker

Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Red-Winged Black Bird

Purple Finch

Gadwall

Canada Goose

Mallard

Townsend’s Solitaire

Red Shafted Flicker

Steller’s Jay

Blue Jay

Black Capped Chickadee

American Crow

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Scrub Jay

Magpie

Turkey

Great Blue Heron

Dark-Eyed Junco (and its many varieties)

Ringed Turtle Dove

Rock Dove

Meadowlark

Mountain Bluebird

Western Bluebird

American Kestrel

Turkey Vulture

Red-Tailed Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Small-eared Owl

Starling

American Robin

Great Horned Owl

Golden Eagle

Bald Eagle

Rufous Sided Towhee

Western Tanager

Audubon Warbler

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