Species Parade, Episode 17

Apparently, I don’t get out much. Grey Foxes are nocturnal for the most part and I’d never ever seen one until driving home late one night. It jogged across the canyon road. I realized my nighttime activity is almost entirely done without headlights, headlamps, or flashlights. So, I do get out, but I don’t see animals like this small and delightful mammal. I’m sure it’s trotted out of sight, well away from the dogs and my unassisted human vision. Read the Case Against Dogs.

foxOn another late night drive, I saw another first: a Western Screech Owl (also small and delightful). Those two additional to the species parade hardly counter the sharp dip in numbers. Animals have burrowed deep for the winter or flown south. Just 42 species.

Mammals:

Coyote

Grey Fox

Mule Deer

Cottontail Rabbit

Brush Mouse

Rock Squirrel

Skunk

Western Screech Owl

Western Screech Owl

Raccoon

Porcupine

Elk

Abert’s Squirrel

Birds:

Brewer’s Blackbird

Chipping Sparrow

Downy Woodpecker

Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Red-Winged Black Bird

Canada Goose

Mallard

A cold Townsend's Solitaire

A cold Townsend’s Solitaire

Townsend’s Solitaire

Red Shafted Flicker

Steller’s Jay

Black Capped Chickadee

American Crow

Common Raven

Scrub Jay

Magpie

Turkey

Dark-Eyed Junco (and its many varieties)

Ringed Turtle Dove

Junco

Junco

Rock Dove

Meadowlark

American Kestrel

Turkey Vulture

Red-Tailed Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Starling

American Robin

Great Horned Owl

Western Screech Owl

Rufous Sided Towhee