Species Parade, Episode 22

A red-tailed hawk assesses its terrain

As a lifelong birder and wildlife watcher, it’s still a thrill to spot a something I’ve never seen before. Since the last Species Parade, I got lucky twice:

I spotted a pair of American Dippers, small waders who were feeding, splashing, and swimming in the Mancos River. Dippers, I learned, are North America’s only truly aquatic song bird.

I noticed a Northern Pygmy Owl, perched on a dead scrub oak in the canyon where I live. These tiny owls (about the size of a bluebird) prey on mostly songbird species about their size.

Thankfully, both species were not flighty and I was able to capture them over a few minutes.

Otherwise, it’s been a quiet winter. Spring has sprung, bringing the return of songbirds, sparrows, and the predators who feed on them.



Red Fox


Mule Deer

Cottontail Rabbit

A bobcat mouses

Brush Mouse

Rock Squirrel

Golden Mantled Squirrel

Pocket Gopher

Prairie Dog



Abert’s Squirrel


Bald Eagle

Western Bluebirds are back

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker


House Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Red-Winged Black Bird

Canada Goose



Great Blue Heron

Townsend’s Solitaire

Mountain Bluebird

Western Bluebird

Red Shafted Flicker

Red-winged Blackbird

Steller’s Jay

Northern Pygmy Owl is the size of a medium-sizes sparrow

Black Capped Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

American Crow

Common Raven

Scrub Jay



Dark-Eyed Junco (and its many varieties)

Ringed Turtle Dove

Rock Dove

American Kestrel

Turkey Vulture

Red-Tailed Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

American Dipper


American Robin

Great Horned Owl

Western Screech Owl

Northern Pygmy Owl

An American Dipper feeds in the Mancos River

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