In 1883, Powell was telling Westerners and prospective Westerners: “Gentlemen, you are piling up a heritage of conflict and litigation over water rights, for there is not sufficient water to supply the land.”
Bit prophetic, eh?
In the very hot (and very cold), there is a stillness with animals as they conserve their bodily resources of energy and hydration. There seems to be less going on in the hills and fields around me. They appear at watering holes, like the one I’ve set in the yard (see right), and come out more at dawn and dusk.
We count 36 species in our second weekly tally of birds and mammals in and around UtahOutsider. We saw them, heard them,
or did both in our approximate area of the Oquirrh mountains, at 5,800 feet as well as on the road to southern Utah. On a trek to Delta, we saw at least a dozen hawks lining the road, perching on telephone poles or irrigation lines. Raptors continue to confound me. Some day, my ID skills will improve! And we saw the stunning Steller’s Jay on a nearby backcountry trek to about 8,000 feet.
I did finally identify the owl whoo’s been floating above me whenever I pass through a specific gully. It’s a Great Horned (see right).
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Black Tailed Jackrabbit
Ringed Turtle Dove
Broad Tailed Hummingbird
Black headed grosbeak
Common Poor Will
Great Horned Owl
California Gull (because I went to the dump)