Species Parade, Week Six

What can I say? I can be attracted to flash. So, it was quite fun to see the Western Tanager checking out the neighborhood as it did this time last summer. All bright orange and yellow, contrasted with black.

But I also love the dull-colored birds, like the Townsend’s Solitaire. Are they so named because they live seemingly solitary lives? Or, is it for the lone, plaintive song note?10303759_1534626430098002_9048411538769046290_n

Forty one species this week, highlighted be a Western Tanager and the successful ID of a Prairie Falcon (finally and we hope!). There was also a few first-ever sightings of a high elevation mountain birds, like the Say’s Phoebe and the Western Wood Pewee. Love them birds.

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Mammals:

Black Tailed Jackrabbit

Cottontail Rabbit

Mule Deer

Coyote

Rock Squirrel

Brush Mouse

Birds:

Townsend's Solitaire

Townsend’s Solitaire

Western Tanager

Say’s Phoebe

Western Wood Pewee

Grackle

Townsend’s Solitaire

House finch

Red Shafted Flicker

Tufted Titmouse

Black Capped Chickadee

Bushtit

Common Raven

Scrub Jay

Magpie

Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon

Turkey

Dark-Eyed Junco

Ringed Turtle Dove

Rock Dove

Western Kingbird

Lesser Goldfinch

Mountain Bluebird

Meadowlark

Rufous-sided Towhee

Broad Tailed Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Chipping sparrow

Black Headed Grosbeak

American Kestrel

Turkey Vulture

Prairie Falcon

Red-Tailed Hawk

Killdeer

Starling

American Robin

Common Poor Will

Common Nighthawk