Species Parade, Episode 20

Lazuli Bunting

There’s a case to be made against dog companions. They warn and ward off animals you might otherwise be privileged to see. Then again, if you pay attention to what dogs notice and if you keep them obedient, you can reduce disturbing wildlife and benefit from dogs’ observations.

Thanks to dogs, I’d like to think I’m more in touch with my place in the country and more aware of our impact. Particularly, I’m keenly aware of how much we humans impact wildlife survival. Even good intentions have negative consequences: a tub of fresh water drowns a baby bird.

I practice Leave No Trace but when you think about it, Leave No Trace is an practical and existential onion with multiple layers. There’s so much impact we aren’t aware of or don’t acknowledge.

56 species for this episode. (And likely another 50 that I did not see.)

Mammals:

Coyote

Elk

Turkey displays, in hopes of saving chick (which coyote is eating)

Mule Deer

Cottontail Rabbit

Brush Mouse

Rock Squirrel

Golden Mantled Squirrel

Chipmunk

Pocket Gopher

Skunk

Raccoon

Abert’s Squirrel

Muskrat

Marmot

Bobcat

Birds:

Adolescent bear and chipping sparrow

Golden Eagle

Bald Eagle

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Red-Winged Black Bird

Canada Goose

Mallard

Gadwall

Great Blue Heron

Townsend’s Solitaire

Mountain Bluebird

Western Bluebird

Kingfisher

Red Shafted Flicker

Red-winged Blackbird

Steller’s Jay

Black Capped Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

American Crow

Common Raven

Scrub Jay

Magpie

Turkey

Dark-Eyed Junco (and its many varieties)

Ringed Turtle Dove

Rock Dove

American Kestrel

Turkey Vulture

Red-Tailed Hawk

Starling

American Robin

Great Horned Owl

Western Screech Owl

Broad Tailed Hummingbird

Common Poor Will

Nighthawk

Indigo Bunting

Lazuli Bunting