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May 5, 2014 - Day trip to Bryce Canyon NP & great hike

Date: May 5, 2014 Mileage: End - 41082 Start - 40893 Total Miles for the day: 189 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 60º High 63º high temperature at Bryce Canyon Wildlife count: Antelope Ground Squirrel, Chipmunk, Year List: 247; Life List: 431 Birds: White-throated Swift, Northern Flicker, Say’s Phoebe, Steller’s Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Verdin, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird,...

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May 5, 2014 - Zion

We left Vegas early this morning it was windy but drivable and we were not going to drive very long distance, about 158 miles to Zion national Park. We arrived early and were glad as lines to the park are getting long very quickly. Camp and parking lot was full, luckily we had reservation that we made six months ago for a riverfront location and just electricity hookup. After we set up we drove to the Springdale, town that is in a short distance away and later we went to see the movie projected on the six story high screen about Zion park,...

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May 4, 2014 - Campground Stories that make us scratch our heads

Date: May 4, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 56º High 89º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels, Mule Deer, Collared Lizard, Antelope Ground Squirrel Year List: 245 Birds: Song Sparrow, Western Bluebird, Western Kingbird, Turkey Vulture, American & Lesser Goldfinches, House Finch, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Chipping Sparrow These are the days that campground stories are made of!! 1. On one of the rounds today, two elderly foreign couples were sharing a small rented motorhome. The two gentlemen tottered out...

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May 4, 2014 - Hike in Red Canyon near Orderville

A few days after the Acott’s left, we decided to try a slot canyon that was outside of the park. The slot in question is called Red Canyon and is on BLM land. No permits, ropes, rappelling harnesses and wet suits required. As we headed East up the Zion/Mt Carmel Highway, we encountered some freshly fallen boulders that were blocking the inside lane just after we started up the steeply switch backed road. We were just short of the famous Zion Tunnel when we were held up by three park workers. Even those three ‘bubbas’ were not going to be...

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May 3, 2014 - Hummer nests, lost kids and cars that won't start

Date: May 3, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 59º High 91º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Collared Lizard, Rock Squirrel Year List: 245, Life List: 430 Birds: Western Bluebird, American and Lesser Goldfinches, Brown-headed Cowbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Say’s Phoebe, Black-throated Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Turkey Vulture, Yellow Warbler What a day! There was a little difficulty getting several people up to register and move vehicles – they just didn’t want to comply. As we made our rounds, we knew...

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May 2, 2014 - Pictographs and sharing meals

Date: May 2, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 56º High 86º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Bats Year List: 244 Birds: Cooper’s Hawks, Black-chinned Hummingbirds This was a crazy – busy food day. Our good ranger buddy, Jenn, has accepted a new aspect of her job, and today was her day to shadow us, to learn what we do and what challenges are part of the job. She joined us for our early round, and then we all three enjoyed taquitos for breakfast – Jenn brought some delicious chocolate-cappuccino muffins to share. All...

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May 1, 2014 - Chores and Birds - what could be better?

Date: May 1, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 42º High 78º Wildlife count: Antelope Ground Squirrel, Mule Deer Year List: 244 Birds: Turkey Vulture, Eurasian & Mourning Doves, Western Kingbirds, Lark Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Gambel’s Quail, Scrub Jay, Hummingbird (sp), Phainopepla, Bullock’s Oriole pair and their nest, Red-tailed Hawk, House Finch, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Warbling Vireo, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Lucy’s Warbler, Common Raven, Vesper Sparrow,...

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Apr 30, 2014 - Hiking 'Many Pools' with Larry & Mollie

Date: April 30, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine, some wind gusts Temperature: start 44º High 70º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Lizards, Rock Squirrels Year List: 241 Birds: Virginia’s Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Scrub Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Say’s Phoebe, Chipping Sparrow, Plumbeous Vireo, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Common Raven, Canyon Wren, Black-throated Sparrow, Turkey Vulture It was an early morning! After showers, breakfast and making lunches, we arrived at the Nature Center for an 8am class on Zion Interpretation. It was a...

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Apr 29, 2014 - Hike River Walk with Larry & Mollie

Date: April 29, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine, breezy Temperature: start 41º High 65º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels, Mule Deer, Lizard, Year List: 241 Birds: Mourning Dove, House Sparrow, Canada Geese, Wild Turkey, Red-tailed Hawks, Western Kingbird, Townsend’s Solitaire, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Black Phoebe, American Dipper, Phainopepla, Gambel’s Quail, Northern Rough-wing Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, White-crowned Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, Turkey Vulture, Green-tailed Towhee, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Bullock’s Oriole,...

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Apr 28, 2014 - Sunshine is back!!

Date: April 27, 2014 Weather: partly sunny, windy Temperature: start 43º High 64º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel, Antelope Ground Squirrel Year List: 241 Birds: Chipping Sparrow, Western Bluebird, Common Raven, Turkey Vulture, Lesser & American Goldfinch, House Finch, House Wren, Virginia’s Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Sparrow, Northern Flicker, Say’s Phoebe, Pine Siskin, Summer Tanager, Black-capped Chickadee, It was a delightful day of work, seeing lots of birds. On a trip to South Campground, we found a...

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Apr 28, 2014 - Cool, Sunny Day

Date: April 28, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine, cool windy Temperature: start 42º High 63º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrels, Mule Deer Year List: 241 Birds: American Robin, Chipping Sparrow, Western Bluebird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Yellow Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Cooper’s Hawk, Yellow-rumped Warbler, House Wren, Lesser & American Goldfinch, Summer Tanager, What a beautiful day – our last work day this session. Most of the campground checked out, so there was a lot of turnover. Everything was full early, though, with a few people...

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Apr 26, 2014 - Cold rain, snow, and a very dreary day

Date: April 26, 2014 Weather: windy, cold, rainy, sleet, snow up high Temperature: start 43º High 54º Wildlife count: Rock squirrel Year List: 241 Birds: Lark Sparrow, Lesser & American Goldfinches, House Finches, Chipping Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, It rained several hours during the night, accumulating at least an inch, coupled with strong winds and cold temperatures combined to make a rather cold, dreary day. Quite a few people checked out early, though South campground was full around noon – go figure??? We enjoyed hot soup for lunch and...

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Going West 2014

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