It’s always fun to travel about two hours away from here to Bryce Canyon. I wasn’t sure what birds would be seen there this time of year, but nevertheless, a trip to there ensued. Little did I know what cool wildlife would be seen on this adventure!
First Up, Mule Deer
Mule Deer are the smallest animals in the deer family in Utah. Males have antlers that they shed and grow a new pair each year, while females have none. During the summer they gravitate to lower altitudes and in winter they exist at lower elevations for better food sources. They are a main food source for cougars!
It’s Bryce Time!
These amazing little birds have various color combinations. They used to be separate species, but now are sub-species. Each one has its own separate color combos. There are the Oregon ones, Slate-colored, Pink-sided, White-winged, Gray-headed and Red-backed Juncos. Dark-eyed Juncos are found in suburban neighborhoods near feeders in winter and mixed woods.
Meet the Utah Prairie Dog at Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon Delivered!
Just a quick trip down to Bryce to see what was going on and got to see these amazing birds and mammals. It’s also nice to go to a National Park when there are hardly any visitors. Crowds can spook birds and you have a hard time seeing things like I did today!
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I used these birding books for reference: