Field notes, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada, January 1-February 11, 1889

ID: SIA RU007267


Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1889

Citation: Vernon Bailey Papers, 1889-1941 and undated, field notes and journals, 1889-1941

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Bailey, Vernon, 1864-1942


This item is comprised of plant and animal specimen lists from Bailey's collecting efforts in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada in January and February of 1889. Lists are organized by date and locality. Lists typically provide either scientific or common name of specimens observed and often include a number of specimens observed or taken. The item also contains two drawings Bailey made while in Arizona, one of a Yucca tree and one of a Ute wickiup. The back of the notebook contains an itemized list of expenditures.

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Jan 01, 1889

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Feb 11, 1889

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  • Mammalogy
  • Plants
  • Animal tracks
  • Birds
  • Mammalogists
  • Ornithology
  • Botany


  • United States
  • Arizona
  • Utah
  • Nevada


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

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SIA RU007267

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Vernon Bailey Papers, 1889-1941 and undated, field notes and journals, 1889-1941

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1 field book

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Box 1 Folder 1

[[front cover]] Noter - Field V. Bailey 1889 [[underlined]] 1889 [[/underlined]]
[[blank page]] [[end page]] [[start page]] Vernon Bailey U.S. Field Nationalist. Elk River, Minnesota. Jan. 1. [[underlined]] 1889[[/underlined]]
Jan. 1. From Washington to St. George. Utah. 5 miles. White crown Sparrows, abn. Juineas, abn. Jack Snipe 2. R.W. Blk. birds, a few flocks. Mountain Quail, 3 flocks of a dozen or so each. long billed Thrasher, 2, singing beautifully. Brewers Blk, bird. (?) about 6. Flickers, com. Marsh Hawk, 2, [[male symbol]] & [[female symbol]]. Tamias 1. Lepus sylvaticus 1. [[end page]] [[start page]] [[underlined]] St. George [[/underlined]] Jan. 2. Cryssal Thrasher, 2. Sayoruis sayi. 1 in town Flicker, 1. Shrike, 1. Brewers Blkbird, com. Zonotrichias, num. " [[Ditto for: Jan]] 3 [[underlined]] Went down in valley [[/underlined]] Saw about 50 quail by river. lots of ducks. One Chewink Quails roost in bushes. Great [[Bluheron?]], 1, (H) [[Cpemosfiza?]], com, in greese brush below town. P. podicips, 2.
[[underlined]] St. George [[/underlined]] Jan. 4 Down by river. Pond most froze over & slush in river in morning. Mallards, about 50. other ducks com. Coots, 1 killed, 15 seen. Rails heard. Long bill marsh wren, num. Song Sparrows, numerous. Savannahs, com. Meadowlarks, 2. Lophor ortyx gambeli, com. Colaptes mex. 6. Little Falcon, 1. Marsh Hawk 2. Roughleg Hawk, 1 (H) R.w. Blkbirds, com. - roosts in reeds [[end page]] [[start page]] Jan. Shorelarks, 8. Gold Finches, com. " [[Ditto for: Jan]] 5, Swan, 1 in pond. Owl hooting in morning Marsh Hawks, 2, eat dead ducks. Grass Finch 1. Shelldrakes, 15, Green w. Teal, com. Mallards " [[Ditto for: com.]] Rail heard Quails roost in brush & reeds, come in with roar & chatter till settled. " [[Ditto for: Jan]] 7 Jack Swift 1.
Jan. 8. Moved camp 5 miles down river. Great Blue Heron 1. Blkbirds + Meadowlarks, abn. Kinglets, com. Sayornis, sayi. 1. [[Chemospiza?]], com, [[Salpinetus?]] 1. White crown + Song Sparrows, com. Gold Finches com. [[end page]] [[start page]] [[margin]] r. rail heard (?) [[/margin]] Jan. 9. Short Eared Owl, 1. Swan in pond 1. Redhead Ducks, 2, [[female symbol]] [[male symbol]] Dufflehods, com. Bluebills, num, Mud hens num, Dabchick 1, Gadwells, a few. Red Bi. merganser, a flock. Hooded Merganser com. Green - Teal, com. R. W. & Brewers Blackbirds, abn. Quails, numerous. Cryssal Thrasher, 1. Meadow larks, num. Sparrows, nums,
Jan. 10 From Atkin's sp by St. George & to Clara Town [[line across page]] Red head Duck, com. Gr. Blk heads " [[Ditto for: com.]] Gr. wing. Teal " [[Ditto for: com.]] Sparrow Hawk 1. Roughleg " [[Ditto for: Hawk]] 2, Pasina montanus 1. Yellow wagtail 1. [[end page]] [[start page Jan. 11. 3 miles above Clara Town [[line across page]] Tex. woodpecker. com. Flickers. " [[Ditto for: com]] Song sparrows, abn. Zonitrachia, " [[Ditto for: abn.]] [[Junsas?]] " [[Ditto for: abn.]] R.C. Kinglet, com. Chickadee heard. Cathartes, 1 seen Goldfinch, com. Quail, num. parus montanus 5. Frontal Finch, 20.
Jan, 15, Down Cañon a mile , Rock Wren, 1 seen, Juncos oregonus, abn. Shorelarks, 25, 1 killed, Picus scalaris, 1 [[female symbol]] Flicker 3, Song Sparrows numerous singing Frontal Finches, com. Coon Tracks, abn. Cat Tracks " [[Ditto for: abn]] Quails, 3 flocks of about 25 each. Hieroglyhhics on rocks & pottery & chips on ground. [[end page]] [[start page]] Jan. 16, Snowing. Robin 1. A Flicker with yellow wings seen. Chewink, " [[Ditto for: Jan]] 17. Chewick 2. Woodhouse Jay 2. Shorelarks 50. " [[Ditto for: Jan]] 18 Snowed till noon. 4. in. " [[Ditto for: Jan]] 19 Down to St. George Tamias tracks on snow. S. grammerus 1 seen on rocks in cañon
[[underlined]] To St. George, [[/underlined]] Jan. 19 snow on ground. Sayornis 2, no change of Sparrows noticed not so many R.W. Blkbirds seen. meadowlark 1. Amphispiza, com. " [[Ditto for: Jan.]] 20 Sunday, Hardly thawed. " [[Ditto for: Jan.]] 21 Left St.George & Camped 12 m. up the Clara Rosy Finch , H. shot one on ground. No special change noticed in birds. [[end page]] [[start page]] Jan. Chaperal Cock, called Mountain Peacock & said to be found here. Tamias & Dipodomy & L. Texianus tracks in snow. [[strikethrough]] over [[/strikethrough]] Snow over about half of valley, deep on hills. Juncos more num, since the storms, Rather warm day
Jan 22 [[underlined]] Left Clara Creek On first level plateau. [[/underlined]] snow about 2 in Juncos com. Tamias + Dipodomys tracks abundant Evergreen oak. Woodhouse Jay 1 seen. [[Sopteras?]] 1. [[underlined]] Enter lower part of Mts. [[/underlined]] [[margin]] (snow from 4 in to a foot deep) [[/margin]] Pipilomegaloux 1. Woodhouse 1. Quail tracks com. Tamias, Wild Cat & Lepus syl. track abn. to summit [[underlined]] Summit at noon. [[/underlined]] [[end page]] [[start page]] Jan. At noon Top of Beverdam Mts [[line across page]] Snow a foot deep Artemisia tridentata com. from edge of hills to summit. Cedar & a kind of Mt. mahogany the same range. Evergreen oak from edge of cañon to the cedars, & then an evergreen shrub like it but with berries to the summit. Yucca baccata over the summit. No spruce or large pine.
Jan. Tamias Track num. on the summmit on a foot of snow. [[underlined]] Down hill.[[/underlined]] snow soon gone & bare ground. Lophortyx, a flock near summit. - 20 Tamias, 6 seen. Juncos & Shorelarks & Amphispiza, com. 4 new cacti. Yucca arboriscens, abn, [[underlined]] to Virgin River[[/underlined]] At Beverdam 28 miles [[end page]] [[start page]] Jan.23 [[underlined]] From Beverdam [[/underlined]] Quail 2 flocks, Coon tracks Goose tracks & roost along river at Bever; Thomomys hills com, all day, Lepus syl. 1 seen tracks com, Sialia mex. 7 Grt. Blue heron 1. Anthus Ludovicianus, 1 Dinner [[underlined]] Bunkerville [[/underlined]] 4 P.M. Brewers Blk. bird, com. Redwing " " [[ditto for: Blk. bird com.]] Geese 30, Meadowlarks, com.
Bubo dead by mill. Sayornis 1. Chicks 1. Zonstricha com, Juncos " [[Ditto for: com]] Song sparrows " [[Ditto for: com]] Tit larks 2, Marsh Hawks 2, spizella monticola 2. Shorelarks, com. Quail, 2 flocks, Tamias + Dipodomys tracks all along , [[end page]] [[start page]] Jan. 24 [[underlined]] From Bunkersville. [[/underlined]] Quails heard & seen. Geese heard, 3 seen. Kinglet with yellow head (?) 1 killed, 3 seen. Snow geese 8, 25. Geese. 7, 8. [[underlined]] noon [[/underlined]] Tamias 1 seen Bager holes & tracks com. & fresh. A little falcon. Thomomys, com. Snow Geese 25. Mallards com, Dipodomys holes & tracks Ravens, a few seen. Lepus tex. 1 seen & tracks,
Falco mexicana, 1 killed. another seen. Badgers dig often Gophers or mice fresh Tamias & Dipodonays tracks Thomomys num. Auriparus flaviceps, com. 5 nest found each with a bird in after sundown, nests in thorn. Marsh Hawk. 1 [[male symbol]] Longbill marsh wren heard. [[end page]] [[start page]] Jan 25. Auriparus flaviceps 2 nests com. Snow Geese. 50. Robin 1. Purple Finch 12. Kinglet 1. Pipilo aberti 1. 3. H. crissalis 1. Shorelarks com. Whitecrown 5. " [[Ditto for: com]] [[image - arrow pointing three lines down]] G. Blue heron 1. [[woodhouse?]] 1 [[underlined]] stuck in sand [[/underlined]] [[underlined]] St. Thomas [[/underlined]] Redtail Hawk. 1. Brewers Blk. bird. com. Windy Green wing Teal 50.
[[underlined]] St. Thomas [[/underlined]] Jan. 26 Swainsons Buzzard. 1. Geese 20, 50. Brewers Blk. birds, (num. com.) Meadowlarks, com. Quails, num. Song Sparrows, com. Mallards, com. Grass Finch 2. Junco oreganus, 2. Pipilo Aberti. 3. Anthus Ludovicianus, com. Sayornis sayi, 1. Pipilo acuta, 3. Mallards 50. Kill deer 5. Bewick wren, 1 [[end page]] [[start page]] [[underlined]] St. Thomas [[/underlined]] Jan 27 Sunday. Woodhouse Jay 1. Magpies. 1. Bighorns said to be com. in Mts. Wild cats & lynxes, said to be com. A little Red Fox & a little Gray Fox. said to be here, also a Black gopher & a gray gopher, & Dixy chipmunks & white tail Deer.
[[underlined]] St. Thomas [[/underlined]] Nev. Jan 28 Monday [[margin]] Very warm. 72° [[/margin]] Colaptes mex. 4. Swainsons buzzard 1. Sparrow Hawk. 1. Meadowlarks. abn. Pipilo aberti. com. Quails very num. Crows. 2. Red, w. Blk. birds, a few. Anthus Ludov. 5. [[bracket]] Pintail Ducks 3. Shovelers 2 musk Rat 1 Gold Finches Falco mex. 1 [[/bracket]] H. 1. Coyote killed hog & howl in evening, Lepus sylvaticus 1. [[end page]] [[start page]] [[underlined]] From St Thomas [[/underlined]] Jan 29. A little frost. Coyotes howl all night. Long billed m. wren 1. Auratus yellowish 1. Song sparrows & Zonotrichias com. Juncos a few. Salpinctus, 1 heard 1 seen Badger tracks & holes Swift, 1 seen " [[Ditto for: Swift]] 1 taken Tamias 1 seen (5 kill) Ravens, com. Auriparus, 4 fresh nests; 4 in one bush one used & 3 evidently of the 3 last years.
Jan. 29. Snowgoose 30, 1 killed. 29 x 17. [[strikethrough]] Greater Snowgoos, 50, [[/strikethrough]] eat roots of a [[line]] Auriparus, 1 heard Salpinctus 1 heard, Valley sandy, [[end page]] [[start page]] Jan. 30. [[underlined]] To Stones Ferry [[/underlined]] 10 mi. Auriparus 1 A Blackish Finch with crest Snowgeese 50, or more. eat rush roots. Sialia mex. 8, Song Sparrows, com. Quails, abundant. Tamias tracks, com. Dipodomys tracks num. Brewers Blk. bird, num. at ferry Bever track in Col. R. Geese heard. Snowgoose 29 x 16 [[circled]] 5 [[/circled]] ( 2 ( 1
[[underlined]] Stones Ferry to, [[/underlined]] [[margin]] Bluebirds. 3 [[/margin]] Jan. 31. Crossed Colorado. R. Zonotrichias com. on both sides. Song Sparrows, same. R.W. & Brewers Blk. birds abundant at Ferry Raven 1. Big Dipodomys 1. Onyebomys 1. Little gray Fox & Swift said to be com. Tamias 1. & tracks Crested Finch 1. Quails, a flock Zonotrictas, com. Calomospiza melan 1 [[female symbol]] Nest of Auripaurs, in bush mad of sticks, big [[end page]] [[start page]] hole at end on bottom lined heavily with cotton & down & feathers of Shorelarks. mostly feathers very thick & warm. Made last year. Clumospiza 1 5 miles from Colorado, last bird. [[underlined]] Dinner, about 10 m. [[/underlined]] Dipodomys & Tamias tracks. Auriparus nest, fresh about 11 m. from R. Mt. sheep tracks 2. fresh Clumospiza 1. (11 m) Sparrow Hawk 1 (12)
Auriparus nest. (13 m) not examined Ravens 2, (14 m) Auriparus nest fresh (14 m) " " " [[Dittos for: Auriparus nest fresh]] (15 m) " " " [[Dittos for: Auriparus nest fresh]] (16 m) Z. l. intermedia, 3 (17 m) Auriparus ^ [[insertion]] 2 [[/insertion]] nests fresh (18 m) Lepus Tex. 1 (18 m) Auriparus 1 seen (18 m) at place where turn out of wash. [[overwritten]] [[Amphis?]] [[/overwritten]] Clumospiza. 6, (20 m) Eagle 1 " " [[Dittos for: (20 m) [[underlined]] camped [[/underlined]] [[end page]] [[start page]] Feb. 1. [[underlined]] 20 m. to Mt. Spring. [[/underlined]] [[overwritten]] [[Amphis?]] [[/overwritten]] Clumospiza 3 (20 m) " [[Ditto for: Clumospiza]] 1 (22 m) Shrike 1 (22 m) Coon track. pos. (22 m) Lepus tex. " [[Ditto for: (22 m)]] Badger hole & tracks " [[Ditto for: (22 m)]] [[underlined]] Fork of road [[/underlined]] (25 m) [[overwritten]] [[Amphis?]] [[/overwritten]] Clumospiza 1. (5 m beyond) " [[Ditto for: Clumospiza]] 2 (10 m to M. Spr) Badger tracks, + Coyotes " [[Ditto for: tracks]] + Lepus tex." [[Ditto for: tracks]] + Dipodomys " [[Ditto for: tracks]] + Tamias (?) " [[Ditto for: tracks]] common all across desert. Thomomys hills, (5 m to Mt. Spr.) Clumospiza 2 " " [[Dittos for: (5 m to Mt. Spr.)]]
Feb. 2. Mt. Spring to Dolan's spring in a.m. (8 m) [[line across page]] Salpinctus 3. [[overwritten]] [[Amphis?]] [[/overwritten]] Clumspiza 6 all along Lepus Tex. 3, 1 killed. [[underlined]] Dolans Spring [[/underlined]] (noon) Shrike 1 Sialia aretiea, 2 pos. " " [[Ditto for: Sialia aretiea]] 8, Picus scalaris, 2 [[male symbol]] & [[female symbol]] Lophortyx, 15 about. Lepus sylvatiens 1. " [[Ditto for: Feb]] 3 Quail 4. Lepus syl. 1. [[end page]] [[start page]] Feb. 4 [[underlined]] Dolans Spring Ari. [[/underlined]] [[margin underlined]] Up mountains [[/margin underlined]] A new bird, shot at. Salpinctus, com, in pairs singing & act like nesting. Lepus syl. 1. Tamias, [[overwritten]] 1 [[/overwritten]] 3 killed, 3 seen Quails, 20. Blk. chinned Spar. abn. Pipilo aberti 2 (?) Cat & badger & coyote tracks, com. Cat dung covered in sand. fresh dirt pawed over it. [[overwritten]] [[Amphis?]] [[/overwritten]] Clumospiza com. Junco oreganus, 12. Carpodicus 3.
Feb. 4 Amphispiza bilata, abun. Cactus wrens, com. Pipilo f. crissalis (?), 2 seen Tamias, abundant. " [[Ditto for: Feb.]] 5 Camporhynchus brunneicapillis 1 killed, com. Perognathus, 1 caught. Siala aretica, a flock. " [[Ditto for: Feb.]] 6 Bubo, 1 seen. (H) pale. Humming bird, 1 seen. Sialia aretica [[overwritten]] 3 [[/overwritten]] 6 [[end page]] [[start page]] [[blank page]]
[[blank page]] [[end page]] [[start page]] [[image - pencil drawing of a Yucca tree]] Yucca tree. Dolans Spr. Ari. Feb. 11, 1889 V.B.
The mountains clad in misty white, By vapors all obscured, Their crowns upraising, Until the sun with gorgeous light. [[end page]] [[start page]] [[image - pencil drawing of hut or "Ute wickup"]] Ute wickup. Made of Yuccas. Dolans Spring, Arizona Feb. 3, 1889
[[margin]] Monophylla [[/margin]] [[two columns - second column with red line indicated by decimal point below]] paper .20 ink [[line]] socks .50 cotton .25 2 # [[strikethrough]] [[?]] .80 [[/strikethrough]] shot .75 Ammunition .80 .45 Caps. 40 .40 Horse blanket √ Potatos .25 Grain 63# .95 Flour [[strikethrough]] 1.80 [[/strikethrough]] Oatmeal 1.600 Baking powder 2.40 Sugar .25 Bacon, 1.10 Arsenic [[erased]] (1.85) [[/erased]] Alcohol 1.50 Wire .20 Penuts [[erased]] [[?]] [[/erased]] [[end page]] [[start page]] [[blank page]]
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