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Grand Canyon

California Condor

South Rim of Grand Canyon looking towards Grand Canyon Village

California Condor

    The main purpose of the visit to the Grand Canyon was to mutter in wonder at this geological marvel, which was duly done. However, despite the fact that no specific birding was done here, some nice birds were spotted anyway. The most obvious one is California Condor. These are most reliably seen from Lookout Studio within Grand Canyon village, along with the many chattering tourists who also want a piece of the vulture action. This is the second site to the Big Sur in California to have released captive birds, and they have now bred successfully on 7 occasions.

    Also within the confines of the village are many breeding Brewer's Blackbirds, which  cannot be missed. A Black-throated Grey Warbler was edging its way along the bushes on the South Rim of the village.

    Within the pines, Western Bluebirds and Lesser Goldfinches abound, along with a few singing Dark-eyed Juncos and Black-capped Chickadees.

    The viewpoints towards the East Entrance are also worth checking. After a party of Blue-grey Gnatcatchers, 1-2 families of Townshend's Solitaires were chanced upon.

Cliff Chipmunk

Rock Squirrel

Cliff Chipmunk

Rock Squirrel

Birds seen in vicinity of Mayor's House, Moab

Black-billed Magpie

Western Kingbird

Black-billed Magpie

Western Kingbird

American Robin

White-winged Dove

American Robin

White-winged Dove

Arches NP

 

    This is one of the most stunning and amazingly formed of the regions parks, with not only the arches to see, but many other rock formations in the rich red coloured rock. The Delicate Arch walk was tackled - about a 2 hour uphill hike alongside the aged and child buggies. In addition to the arch, Violet-green Swallows were joined at the trail head by an American Kestrel. The car park of the Devil's Garden, at the apex of the park, held Juniper Titmouse, with Black-tailed Gnatcatcher on the trail, and small numbers of White-throated Swifts overhead.

Capitol Reef NP

 

    This spot formed a good stopping off point for the Moab to Bryce Canyon journey. The cliffs along the North-eastern edge are as usual picturesque, and a Golden Eagle was spotted from the drive. However, the picnic area shortly after the entrance offers wooded shade and the chance for one or two birds. In addition to the obvious American Robins and Brown-headed Cowbirds, we saw Common Flicker, Western Kingbird and a singing Yellow Warbler while stuffing ourselves with a Subway sandwich.


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