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Stop 9 - Northwest Wyoming : GRAND TETON NP, YELLOWSTONE NP

The following page is devoted to my roadtrip photos of birds from Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in northwest Wyoming. At every place I visited during my birding roadtrip, I tried to get a decent photo of every bird I saw. However, the weather was quite dreary while I was at Grand Teton NP and Yellowstone NP (besides for one morning, pictured below), so I did not get many good photos. Below I have provided a list of all the birds I saw at the two parks, with a small selection of my favorite photos (or new birds) from the area.

First a few photos from the two National Parks


I was blessed with one morning of good weather while I was in Grand Teton NP and Yellostone NP. It is a spectacular area. This photo shows the Tetons in the morning sun.
More typical weather during my stay, but still beautiful. This photo shows the Tetons across Jackson Lake.
Mud bubbles at Fountain Paint Pots, Yellowstone.
Dead pines at Fountain Paint Pots, Yellowstone.
Geyser at the Fountain Paint Pots, Yellowstone.

Birds I saw at Grand Teton NP & Yellowstone NP

June 7-10, 2008

After seeing a long list of birds at Malheur NWR in Oregon, I made the 10-hour drive back to northwest Wyoming, hoping for better weather than when I had passed through a few days earlier on my drive west from North Dakota. I spent a few days in Grand Teton National Park and then drove north through Yellowstone National Park, where I spent another day. Unfortunately, the weather was rather dreary while I was at these beautiful parks, but this only made the few sunny breaks more magical. I saw several birds, and my photos from the area depicted the special mountain lighting.

The jagged peaks, glacier-carved valleys, and tree-lined lakes of Grand Teton National Park make it a beautiful birding spot, and the diverse habitats-marshes and riparian vegetation along the Snake River, the surrounding sagebrush flats, and the spruce-fir forest and alpine tundra at the base of the towering peaks-make it a rewarding one. I noticed that the birds were more spread out and difficult to find than at any of my previous birding destinations, but nevertheless there was a great diversity of species throughout the park. Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler and Pine Siskins were everywhere. Although the American Dipper, Three-toed Woodpecker, and Mountain Chickadee eluded me during my time in the shadow of the Grand Teton, I was happy to add some new birds to my road trip list: Bufflehead, Cassin's Finch, Rosy Finch (although I didn't get a photo, so it doesn't actually count), Gray Flycatcher, Swainson's Hawk, Calliope Hummingbird, and Townsend's Solitaire.

Just north of Grand Teton National Park, in the northwest corner of Wyoming, lies 2.2 million acres of forest, grassland, and wetlands that makes up the beautiful Yellowstone National Park. Intermittent rain and snow (in June!) prevented any great photos, but I enjoyed watching the mud bubbles and geysers in the park and stopping for baby bison and elk on the road. Moreover, I was finally successful in my search for an American Dipper.

From the beauty of these two National Parks, I headed towards back home towards southwest British Columbia, where I planned to make one more birding stop (at Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Saturna Island) to cap off my amazing birding roadtrip.

Grand Teton National Park

BLACKBIRD:
    Brewer's
    Red-winged
    Yellow-headed
BLUEBIRD:
    Mountain
BUFFLEHEAD
CHICKADEE:
    Black-capped
COOT:
    American
COWBIRD:
    Brown-headed
CRANE:
    Sandhill
CROW:
    American
CURLEW:
    Long-billed
DUCK:
    Ring-necked
    Ruddy
FINCH:
    Cassin's
    Rosy
FLICKER:
    Northern

FLYCATCHER:
    Gray ?
    Olive-sided
    Willow ?
GADWALL
GOLDFINCH:
    American
GOOSE:
    Canada
GREBE:
    Western
GROSBEAK:
    Black-headed
HAWK:
    Swainson's
HERON:
    Great Blue
HUMMINGBIRD:
    Broad-tailed
    Calliope
JUNCO:
    Oregon Dark-eyed
KESTREL:
    American
KILLDEER
KINGBIRD:
    Eastern

KINGLET:
    Ruby-crowned
MAGPIE:
    Black-billed
MALLARD
MEADOWLARK:
    Western
OSPREY
PELICAN:
    American White
RAVEN:
    Common
REDHEAD
ROBIN:
    American
SANDPIPER:
    Spotted
SAPSUCKER:
    Red-naped
SCAUP:
    Lesser
SISKIN:
    Pine
SOLITAIRE:
    Townsend's

SPARROW:
    Chipping
    Lincoln's
    Savannah
    White-crowned
STARLING:
    European
SWALLOW:
    Barn
    Cliff
    Northern Rough-winged
    Tree
    Violet-green
SWAN:
    Trumpeter
TEAL:
    Cinnamon
    Green-winged
VEERY
WARBLER:
    Wilson's
    Yellow
    Yellow-rumped (Audubon's)
WREN:
    House
YELLOWTHROAT:
    Common

Yellowstone National Park

BLACKBIRD:
    Brewer's
BLUEBIRD:
    Mountain
COOT:
    American
CRANE:
    Sandhill
DIPPER:
    American

DUCK:
    Ring-necked
GOOSE:
    Canada
HAWK:
    Red-tailed
JUNCO:
    Oregon Dark-eyed
KESTREL:
    American

MALLARD
PHALAROPE:
    Wilson's
RAVEN:
    Common
ROBIN:
    American
SANDPIPER:
    Spotted

SCAUP:
    Lesser
SPARROW:
    Chipping
    White-crowned
SWALLOW:
    Tree
WARBLER:
    Yellow
    Yellow-rumped

(My favorite photos are highlighted.)

Grand Teton National Park


Brewer's Blackbird, Grand Teton NP.

Red-winged Blackbird, Grand Teton NP.

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Grand Teton NP.

Mountain Bluebird (male), Grand Teton NP.

Mountain Bluebird (female), Grand Teton NP.

Bufflehead, Grand Teton NP.

Sandhill Crane silhouette against the Grand Teton, Grand Teton NP.

Long-billed Curlew, Grand Teton NP.

Ruddy Duck, Grand Teton NP.

A pair of Cassin's Finch, Grand Teton NP.

Gray Flycatcher (note the pale band across the forehead), Grand Teton NP.

Willow Flycatcher (note the lack of distinct eye-ring), Grand Teton NP.

Western Grebe, Grand Teton NP.

Black-headed Grosbeak, Grand Teton NP.

Swainson's Hawk, Grand Teton NP.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (solid red gorget), Grand Teton NP.

Calliope Hummingbird (streaked red gorget), Grand Teton NP.

Oregon Dark-eyed Junco, Grand Teton NP.

American Kestrel, Grand Teton NP.

Western Meadowlark, Grand Teton NP.

Osprey, Grand Teton NP.

Common Raven, Grand Teton NP.

American Robin, Grand Teton NP.

Red-naped Sapsucker taking flight, Grand Teton NP.

Pine Siskin, Grand Teton NP.

Townsend's Solitaire, Grand Teton NP.

Chipping Sparrow, Grand Teton NP.

Lincoln's Sparrow (note fine striping on chin) Grand Teton NP.

Savannah (?) Sparrow, Grand Teton NP.

White-crowned Sparrow, Grand Teton NP.

Violet-green Swallow and branches, Grand Teton NP.

Veery in the bushes, Grand Teton NP.

Wilson's Warbler, Grand Teton NP.

Yellow Warbler, Grand Teton NP.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Grand Teton NP.

House Wren, Grand Teton NP.

Yellowstone National Park


Mountain Bluebird, Yellowstone NP.

Sandhill Crane peekaboo, Yellowstone NP.

Sandhill Crane baby, Yellowstone NP.

American Dipper in creek, Yellowstone NP.

Red-tailed Hawk and landing gear, Yellowstone NP.

American Kestrel on telephone wire, Yellowstone NP.

Common Raven and Gibbon's Falls, Yellowstone NP.

Spotted Sandpiper in grass, Yellowstone NP.

Tree Swallow living up to its name in a dead tree, Yellowstone NP.

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