Spotted: Red-tailed Hawk & Common Sagebrush Lizard (Mesa County)

I’m not the world’s best wildlife photographer. In fact, I’m pretty awful. I tend to gawk at the critter instead of snapping a selfie with it. I am, however, going to try to become better at it for the sake of the blog. I’d like to start an animal category, and also list the state/county/area we spotted it. (I’m going to leave out the selfie part).

Here’s my first post. I took these pictures about a month ago on a trailhead that starts in Big Dominguez campground on the very edge of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

  • State: Colorado
  • County: Mesa
  • Area: Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area

Red-tailed Hawk


In the last few years, Weston has become obsessed with birds, and now the whole family is always on the lookout. You can see Red-tailed Hawks everywhere. They are practically as plentiful as robins; you just have to look for them. This, however, is the closest we’ve ever been to one. It was pretty amazing.

Common Sagebrush Lizard*


He posed and then took off.

*After browsing through several online guides, I’ve decided this is most likely a common sagebrush lizard. I am not, and don’t pretend to be, a reptile expert, but I’m pretty confident about this one.

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