What To Look For At Floyd Lloyd Park At Tule Springs
Tule Springs Lake
There are fish in the lake, but there are also many other examples of wildlife in the park. You might spot a jackrabbit, wild geese or at night see foxes or coyotes but the wildlife you will see most frequently in the park is something you will never forget.
Peacock: It is very large with bright tail feathers of blue and green with eyelike circles in various colors. It is a type of pheasant although no one would think of eating them. They roost in the trees in the park at night and gather in groups during the day for one of their peafowl parties. They eat insects, vegetation and small mammals and lizards. Their distinct sound is unmistakable in the park. They are not good pets as they are abrasive and can be testy both with other pets and humans. But be careful not to pet these creatures as they would rather be left alone.
Additional Wildlife You Might Recognize in the Park -
Jackrabbit: Also known as the hare they are small leporids belonging to the Lepus genre. They are very fast in movement running up to 45 miles per hour. In the spring they become cantankerous usually boxing one another, which probably also has to do with it being the mating season. They differ from rabbits in that they bear their young in a shallow area or flattened nest of grass as opposed to rabbits baring their young underground. Newborn have hair and open eyes in contrast to rabbits.
Wild Geese: Known as the grey goose, it is a large bird with 29-33 foot length, 59-66 inch wingspan and weighing five -12 pounds. With its pink feet and large pointed wings it is easily identified in flight with its loud cackling sound. While migrating to warmer climate in the winter, during the other seasons they like to congregate in places like Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.
Fox: Found from the Arctic Circle to Central America, foxes use a wide range of habitats including forests, prairies, deserts, mountains, farmlands and even urban areas.
Coyote: Also known as the prairie wolf, it is found from Central America all the way to Canada. There are currently 19 recognized subspecies that evolved in North America. The name comes from Mexican Spanish and means barking dog. The color of the coyotes varies from grayish brown to yellowish gray on the upper part of the body while the belly has a buff or white color. The ears are large in proportion to the head but its feet are relatively small. A typical coyote is 30-34 inches in length and weighs from 15 to 46 pounds.