Species Parade, Episode 14

A month ago, I was too slow to capture a photo of a bear and her cub at the far end of our property. With two “huh! huh!” sounds, she took off up the draw. On that very day, I was not too slow to spot a bear skull further along in the hike. It was a heckuva day.

A newly installed game camera did capture the Black Bear (cinnamon subspecies) with TWO cubs in the same draw. Truth be CDY_0017told, I lured them with a tub of water (which I freshen every four days or so). I’m hoping to encourage them to stay off the ridge which climbs 700 feet directly behind us. There lives a less-than-bear-friendly home owner who probably shot the bear whose skull I discovered because it “threatened” his livestock. Shit happens. As with the human-to-human, human-to-wildlife interactions too often end with gunfire ’round here.

Here’s the Species Parade, 60 species, including my first sighting of a Greater Roadrunner. It was hanging out on the flat roof of an abandoned gas station, south of Moab, Utah. He considered me like its cartoon equivalent considered Wile E. Coyote: with interest, then peeling out.

Mammals:

Black Bear (cinnamon)

Coyote

Mule Deer

Cottontail Rabbit

Brush Mouse

Pocket Gopher

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Rock Squirrel

Prairie Dog

Skunk

Raccoon

Antelope

Elk

Chipmunk

Abert’s Squirrel

Birds:

Rufous Hummingbird

Broad Tailed Hummingbird

Yellow Warbler

Indigo Bunting

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Cedar Waxwing

Hermit Thrush

House Wren

Kingfisher

Brewer’s Blackbird

Black-headed Grosbeak

Chipping Sparrow

Say’s Phoebe

Downy Woodpecker

Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Red-Winged Black Bird

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Mallard

Greater Roadrunner

Townsend’s Solitaire

Red Shafted Flicker

Steller’s Jay

Black Capped Chickadee

American Crow

Common Raven

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

Starling

American Robin

Great Horned Owl

Rufous Sided Towhee

Western Tanager

Northern Oriole

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