Sunday, May 26, 2013

Birds Watching in Yellowstone

This is the fifth post from Karyn and my recent trip to Yellowstone National Park. One more to go after this one.

Post 1: Eye to Eye - Sandhill Cranes
Post 2: Bullying the Bully - 3 Coyotes v. 1 Wolf
Post 3: Under the Gaze of the Phantom of the North - Great Gray Owl!
Post 4: Bob!!!! - The Case For and Against Mobbing Behavior

Most people travel to Yellowstone in the hopes of seeing mammals. This was true for us as well (blog post later on that). However, the birds usually end up presenting some interesting views. That was particularly true on this trip as the wolves were reasonably scarce and the bears were generally at higher elevations. In addition to the SandHIlls Cranes, Eagles, and Great Gray Owls, all referenced in previous posts, the following birds were spectacular.

Western Meadowlark, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park.
Western Meadowlark, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park.
Osprey, Madison Valley, Yellowstone National Park.
Osprey, Madison Valley, Yellowstone National Park.
Osprey, Madison Valley, Yellowstone National Park.
Osprey, Madison Valley, Yellowstone National Park.
Harlequin Duck, Yellowstone/Lamar Confluence, Yellowstone National Park.
Harlequin Ducks, LeHardy Rapids, Yellowstone National Park.
Harlequin Ducks, LeHardy Rapids, Yellowstone National Park.
Mountain Bluebird, Specimen Ridge Trail, Yellowstone National Park.
Violet-green Swallow, Yellowstone/Lamar Confluence, Yellowstone National Park.
Clark's Nutcracker, Yellowstone National Park.
Barrow's Goldeneye, Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park.
Ruffed Grouse, Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park.
Vesper Sparrow, Hell Roaring Creek, Yellowstone National Park.
Dark-eyed Junco, Hell Roaring Creek, Yellowstone National Park.
Chipping Sparrow, Hell Roaring Creek, Yellowstone National Park.
Black-billed Magpie, Slough Creek, Yellowstone National Park.
Common Raven, Hell Roaring Creek, Yellowstone National Park.
Common Raven, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park.
Common Raven, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park.

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