April 18-19 - Wasatch Hollow Nature Preserve and Open Space

April 18-19 2020

Wasatch Hollow Nature Preserve and Open Space – Journal

Spring has arrived in the Hollow – even temperatures have been colder than normal in the past few days. A few mornings this week have had the low temperatures either below or at freezing levels (32 F).

The days are longer with daylight going from 6:43 am to 8: 10 pm with about 13 hours and 28 minutes of sunlight. The sun is about 60 degrees altitude and crosses the sky at a higher arc and the weather forecast calls for the rest of April to be unsettled, but warmer for the next 10 days.

The Annual Honesty plants are blooming as well as the multitude of Plum trees in the Wasatch Hollow Open space. Again, I assume the land was used as a large fruit orchard that ran parallel with Emigration Creek – given the amount of older Plum trees in the area. I have been observing Mallards (drakes and hens) swimming in the creek for the past two weeks – and I assume they are nesting in the area.

Near the Open Space area, there are a pair of Cooper’s Hawks nesting and I see them almost every day – perched in the same trees – or with one in the nest.

The creek is running high due to recent rains and snow melt.

פורסם על-ידי hawksthree hawksthree, אפריל 18, 2020 01:36 אחה"צ

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אדום חזה אמריקאי (Turdus migratorius)

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hawksthree

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אפריל 11, 2020 02:53 PM MDT

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אדום חזה אמריקאי (Turdus migratorius)

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hawksthree

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אפריל 11, 2020 02:51 PM MDT

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walking on this trail - the Robins (7 in photo) kept their social distance almost evenly as I walked up the path slowly; they just kept moving in tandem - up the trail - spread out and keeping their equidistant space ....

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ברכיה (Anas platyrhynchos)

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hawksthree

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אפריל 12, 2020 09:18 AM MDT

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Mallard hen
(this is on Emigration Creek - within Wasatch Hollow Nature Preserve - Open space - I am sure there is nest nearby - saw drakes yesterday on creek

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hawksthree

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אפריל 14, 2020 10:31 AM MDT

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ברכיה (Anas platyrhynchos)

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hawksthree

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אפריל 14, 2020 10:35 AM MDT

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drake and hen on Emigration Creek in Wasatch Hollow Nature Preserve and Open Space; the creek is at full capacity and a few images of the falls right below the Mallards; I did another Mallard drake below the falls {spring run-off}

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ברכיה (Anas platyrhynchos)

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hawksthree

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אפריל 16, 2020 10:22 AM MDT

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two drakes on Emigration Creek - {a high water mark in creek} - feeding into the mud - last images provide habitat view of creek

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hawksthree

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אפריל 16, 2020 10:10 AM MDT

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background and behavior: I observed two (2) Cooper's Hawks in tree; took images; then the male flew off; I stayed to take a few more images -then the male came back and landed on top of the female - mated - and then flew off to a limb about 10 feet away - took images of both - again male flew off - and female stayed...this is a territorial tree that is about 25 yards from the nest at the top of Sycamore tree.
sky was overcast - light snow showers - about 36 degrees

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