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May 15, 2014 - Talking a lot with campers

Date: May 15, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 58º High 87º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels Year List: 254 Birds: Cooper’s Hawk, American Robin, Western Bluebird, Chipping Sparrow, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Today was an interesting day – some folks simply did not want to leave, and I guess I don’t blame them! Who would want to leave such a beautiful place? It was well after noon before the last person checked out, and check-out time is 11am. After lunch, we walked the campground, picking up trash and talking with...

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Going West 2014

May 15, 2014 - Zion National Park

Hello Everyone, Leaving Calico Ghost Town we headed further southwest into Utah to see Zion National Park! WOW, the scenery in Zion is spectacular, and of course, we wanted to see it all. So, we stayed in Zion at Watchman Campground for two days, and started our hikes all over the canyon! We hiked the Watchman Trail, Archeology Trail, Kayenta Trail and the Emerald Pool Trails! This filled all our days with only short stops of a quick lunch. To see all the beautiful mountainous cliffs, valleys and streams, click on the following...

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May 14, 2014 - The Flowers of Zion - Watchman Campground

Date: May 14, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 40º High 81º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Antelope Ground-squirrel, Rock Squirrel Year List: 254 Birds: Black-throated Sparrow, House Finch, House Sparrow, American Robin, Red-tailed Hawk, Western & Summer Tanager, Western Bluebird, Lesser & American Goldfinch, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Flicker, Downey Woodpecker, House Wren, Turkey Vultures As we worked today in Watchman Campground, we were aware of all of the lovely flowers around us and decided to...

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Going West 2014

May 13, 2014 - Laundry, Grafton, and the EDR

Date: May 13, 2014 Weather: brilliant sunshine Temperature: start 41º High 73º Wildlife count: Antelope Ground Squirrel, Rock Squirrel Year List: 254 Birds: European Starling, Black-throated Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Great Ble Heron, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Say’s Phoebe, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, American Goldfinch, House Finch, American Kestrel, Western Kingbird, Wild Turkey, Phainopepla, Summer Tanager, Yellow Warbler, Western Bluebird, Turkey Vulture, Spotted Towhee, Bullock’s Oriole, Orange-crowned Warbler,...

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Going West 2014

May 12, 2014 - Birding with Allison & lunch with hosts

Date: May 12, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 39º High 66º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Chipmunk, Rabbit, Lizard Year List: 254 Birds: Western Kingbird, Mourning and Eurasian-collard Doves, Common Raven, Black-headed Grosbeak, Plumbeous Vireo, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Gambel’s Quail, House Finch, European Starlings, Chipping Sparrows, Roadrunner, Phainopepla, Bullock’s Oriole, Western Tanager, Northern Mockingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Cooper’s Hawk, Say’s Phoebe, Wilson’s Phalarope, American Wigeon,...

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Going West 2014

May 11, 2014 - Mother's Day

Date: May 11, 2014 Weather: cloudy, cold, windy, rainy Temperature: start 43º High 58º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Year List: 253 Birds: Albert’s Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk, American Robin, Turkey Vulture, Brewer’s Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Eurasian-collared Dove, Tree Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, Mourning Dove, Violet-green & Northern Rough-winged Swallows, House, Chipping & White-crowned Sparrows, Western Kingbird, European Starling, Say’s Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, European Starling, Killdeer, Western Tanager, Lesser...

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Going West 2014

May 10, 2014 - Relaxed day at work, but look out later!

Date: May 10, 2014 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 56º High 82º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Bats, Collared Lizard Year List: 253 Birds: the usual, except a female Black-headed Grosbeak It was an easy day at work – we spent the afternoon relaxing – even got our reservations for the camping spot when we go to visit Glacier. Our park is 5 miles out of the Glacier entrance. Mike and Robin came over and we enjoyed visiting. Ken and his wife Gayle arrived around 3:30, and we visited with them as well. Dinner was country-style...

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Going West 2014

May 9, 2014 - Getting set up for Mother's Day Weekend - a big one

Date: May 9, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine, a few clouds Temperature: start 51º High 75º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Rock Squirrels, Collared Lizards Year List: 253 Birds: American Robin, Western Bluebird, Western Wood Pewee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lesser & American Goldfinch, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Western Kingbird, Yellow Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, House Finch, Summer Tanager, Turkey Vulture, Common Raven, Bullock’s Oriole This morning there were some folks who did not seem to want to leave – why would anyone...

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Going West 2014

May 8, 2014 - First work day

Date: May 8, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine Temperature: start 45º High 70º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Collared Lizard, Rock Squirrel Year List: 252, Life List: 433 Birds: Cooper’s Hawk, Eurasian-Collared Dove, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Dusky Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, House Wren, Western Bluebird, American Robin, Phainopepla, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, Lesser and American Goldfinch Today...

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Going West 2014

May 7, 2014 - Birding in the rain!

Date: May 7, 2014 Weather: cloudy, rain, windy Temperature: start 51º High 59º Wildlife count: Rock Squirrel Year List: 250 Birds: Phainopepla, Black-headed Grosbeak, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Yellow-warbler, Say’s Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Western Bluebird, Chipping Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Orange-crowned Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Eurasian-collared Dove, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-chinned Hummingbird, American Goldfinch, American Robin With a rainy day, it gave us time...

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Going West 2014

May 7, 2014 - Zion National Park to Panguich, UT

From Saint George, UT, Zion National Park was our main destination for the day before heading on to Panguich, UT for the night. Turned out to be a mostly cold and dreary day. One for long pants and winter jackets! Zion was full of hikers and sight lookers....mostly hikers with all the available trails. They have free shuttle buses that run constantly up the canyon where no private vehicles are allowed. We got on for the ride and only got off once for a look at a view where it started to rain along with gusty winds! From there we stayed on...

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2014 Southwest Trip

May 6, 2014 - Zion Touring day

Today is the sightseeing day. We took a ride with a ranger. Boarded a shuttle (only transportation allowed in the park pass the Zion Lodge) and tour the park scenic route with the ranger on the board. We found it much more interesting and we had an opportunities to take pictures on few stops. After two hrs of that we went back to the camp, walk the dogs, had lunch and packed for another trip. This time we decided to hike the Emerald lakes trail, easy hike and took some nice pictures. Diner in the town today and tomorrow we driving to the...

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