After several weeks of mild weather, this weekend turned back the days. We had snow, rain, and cold. Wildlife seemed to respond by turning down activity. The woods, ridges and draws were quiet and still.
Nonetheless, when it’s been warm, there’s been a whole lot of humping and bumping doing on ( ie, mating activity, as indicated by the photos).
46 species over the course of a few weeks, including the delightful Say’s Phoebe (like the Townsend’s Solitaire, yet another bird named after an 19th century male naturalist who died in his 40’s.).
Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel
Red-Winged Black Bird
Red Shafted Flicker
Black Capped Chickadee
Great Blue Heron
Dark-Eyed Junco (and its many varieties)
Ringed Turtle Dove
Great Horned Owl
Rufous Sided Towhee