Species Parade, Week Eight

Travel Utah roads and you’ll see all kinds of wildlife. Trouble is, they’re all dead. Given today’s driving culture, though, it’s not unusual to conduct species counts via road kills. UtahOutsider’s species parade count bumped to 51 with sightings of newly dead mammals along highways and byways.

The trek from northern Utah to southwestern Colorado (twice) certainly allowed us to see more, when we had a spare second. Read more about the move here. At higher elevations in both states (6,000 to 8,500 feet), you will see the gorgeously villian-esque Steller’s Jay. [To note, the bird is stellar but not Stellar! It was named after Georg Wilhelm Steller, an 18th century German birder.]

stellar-jay-1024x768-RBannoMammals:

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Badger

Racoon

Antelope

Skunk

Black Tailed Jackrabbit

Cottontail Rabbit

Mule Deer

Coyote

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Brush Mouse

Birds:

Canada Goose

California Gull

Grackle

Townsend’s Solitaire

Townsend’s Warbler

Yellow Warbler

House finch

Red Shafted Flicker

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Clark’s Nutcracker

Tufted Titmouse

Black Capped Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

Bushtit

Common Raven

Scrub Jay

Magpie

Turkey

Dark-Eyed Junco

Ringed Turtle Dove

Rock Dove

Western Kingbird

Mountain Bluebird

Meadowlark

Rufous-sided Towhee

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark’s Nutcracker

Broad Tailed Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Chipping sparrow

Song sparrow

Black Headed Grosbeak

American Kestrel

Turkey Vulture

Prairie Falcon

Red-Tailed Hawk

Killdeer

Starling

American Robin

Common Poor Will

Common Nighthawk

Alder Flycatcher