Upland birds love this sprawling desert prairie. The ground-hugging birds sprint among the tufts of plants. They take refuge, and find dinner, in such glorious wildflowers as balsamroot, large-headed clover, wild onion, and canyon-bottom communities of beautiful orange globe mallow.
Of course, where upland birds (pheasants, quail, and partridge) are found, coyotes are sure to be present. Tracks and scat can be found all over the place, as well as holes freshly dug by rodents as “safe houses,” some of which have been enlarged by coyotes breaking into those sanctuaries. You might also find badger burrows in the hillsides of the small side canyons.
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