Species Parade, Episode 15

During the summer, cows move into the community. For a few months, their mooing and bellowing is about all you can hear unless you adjust your ears. The birds and mammals are still here, but they seem to step back, literally and figuratively.

The dogs, horses, and I got to help round up the cows. It was good fun and more than a bit challenging. Only Peeko, the rescued heeler mutt from the streets of Roosevelt, Utah, seemed natural to it. Peeko absolutely rocked.

At least one older coyote perished this summer. I saw its dead body near a culvert. With the cows gone, younger ‘yotes are out in force now. They’re mousing, eating grasshoppers, and learning the ropes of the community. There’s a ban on shooting and hunting in this neighborhood, so they start out nervous around vehicles and people, but become less so as they grow up.


Black Bear (cinnamon)



Mule Deer

Cottontail Rabbit

Brush Mouse

Pocket Gopher

Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel

Rock Squirrel

Prairie Dog





Abert’s Squirrel


Rufous Hummingbird

DSC02050 copyBroad Tailed Hummingbird

Yellow Warbler

Indigo Bunting

Chipping Sparrow

Say’s Phoebe

Downy Woodpecker

Lewis Woodpecker


House Sparrow

Red-Winged Black Bird

Canada Goose


Townsend’s Solitaire

Red Shafted Flicker

Steller’s Jay

DSC02033Black Capped Chickadee

American Crow

Common Raven

Scrub Jay



Great Blue Heron

Dark-Eyed Junco (and its many varieties)

Ringed Turtle Dove

Rock Dove

Mountain Bluebird

Western Bluebird

American Kestrel

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Red-Tailed Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk


American Robin

Great Horned Owl

Rufous Sided Towhee


Common Poor Will

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