March 16, 2020 - Wasatch Hollow Journal

Wasatch Hollow Nature Preserve and Open Space Journal

March 16, 2020

At this point, there is a new world all around us in terms of the impact of Covid-19 and public health challenges. I have noticed more people going “outside” and walking in the local parks; perhaps a rediscovery and a therapeutic approach to dealing with stress and uncertainty.

We have moved into daylight savings time and we are on the verge of almost 12 hours of daylight (closer to the equinox). Sunrise is at 7:36 am and sunset at 7:36 pm. The sun is climbing higher up into the sky with an altitude of 48 degrees at noon. The temperature today is about 60 degrees, but March temps can fluctuate.

I have observed Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos, Fox Squirrel, and multiple sightings of Accipiters in the area; and I hope to see Cooper’s Hawks nesting in the trees in the open space. I was able to observe many bulbs and green shoots appearing in the area – surely a sign of spring. Emigration Creek is running high but can go much higher – I think – due to snow melt in the mountains.

I have hauled out about 5 bags of garbage and trash on my walks. Some people just throw their litter on the ground and keep walking. There are still signs of vandalism of fences and destruction trees (with an axe) – and I cannot determine why this has to happen; to me it shows disrespect at minimum, but I worry about some individuals who show this behavior; what are the anxious about? what is driving their anger so that they vandalize public open spaces?

I try to absorb the therapy of the green space, while still serving as steward. It is dissonance to have a “place” show the potential of healing and stress reduction – and – as a place with signs of human behavior that is crude and reckless.

At the end of the day – if I can see one Cooper’s Hawk, pick up trash, and walk the loop – then it outweighs all else.

פורסם על-ידי hawksthree hawksthree, מרץ 16, 2020 02:29 אחה"צ

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מרץ 14, 2020 02:40 PM MDT

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I have included a few images to show short-bill as marker for Downy (compared to Hairy) - and overall smaller size - and conspicuous tuft (this is geographically in the Intermountain West - please note (per Sibley Birds West).

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מרץ 14, 2020 02:26 PM MDT

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סנאי שועלי (Sciurus niger)

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מרץ 15, 2020 09:25 AM MDT

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see this Fox Squirrel? I have a story to tell on it - how it from sharing one tree with a Cooper's Hawk (carefully), and then went up another tree close by to follow a Cooper's Hawk and then they had an altercation at the top of the tree; I have never seen anything like it; I will cross-post with links to that interaction in a series of images...what a morning...

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מרץ 15, 2020 09:27 AM MDT

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background on altercation between Cooper's Hawk and a Fox Squirrel; I approached a COHA took several images, but noticed a Fox Squirrel in the same tree on a different branch. The FS then climbed lower to look at me (see link to other observation), but then then the FS climbed up the other side of the tree - as both were "eyeing" each other the whole time; the FS climbed up to challenge the COHA and then there was an altercation as the COHA chased down the FS - then the COHA broke off - glided to another tree - see series of stills on the altercation - the COHA flew off and was gone, but...
ps: I came back from a hike in the natural preserve about 40 minutes later and the COHA came back to the same tree! (see other observation).

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מרץ 15, 2020 09:56 AM MDT

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this COHA returned to the same tree after I took images of an altercation between it and a Fox Squirrel (in a series of stills) earlier in the morning; I am returning from nature preserve after a hike on the trail. This tree is evidently a significant landmark in the COHA "territory" - a nature preserve and open space is about two blocks away to the east of this tree.
Wasatch Hollow and Nature Preserve

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