Species Parade, Week One

“Wilderness. The word itself is music,” wrote Edward Abbey in Desert Solitaire.

There are songs of wind and of light and shadow. There’s a fabulous rhythm to animal movement. And, of course, there are the more literal songs of birds: buzzes, chips, whistles, screeches, caws, growls, and melodies. Birds often announce themselves more vociferously with voice than color.

We count 31 species in our first weekly tally of birds and mammals in and around UtahOutsider. We saw them, heard them, or both in our approximate area of the Oquirrh mountains, at 5,800 feet. Follow our weekly updates to appreciate the outstanding opportunities for wildlife spotting ‘round these parts!hare

Mammals:

Black Tailed Jackrabbit

Cottontail Rabbit

Mule Deer

Coyote

Rock Squirrel

Birds:

House finch

Titmouse

grosChickadee

Goldfinch

Bushtit

Red-Tailed Hawk

Common Raven

Scrub Jay

Magpie

Turkey

Dark-Eyed Junco

Ringed Turtle Dove

turkMountain Bluebird

Lazuli Bunting

Meadowlark

Rufous-sided Towhee

Rufous Hummingbird

Broad Tailed Hummingbird

Chipping sparrow

California Quail

Black headed grosbeak

House wren

Kestrel

Turkey Vulture

Common Poor Will

Common Nighthawk