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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

KEY:      favorite photos      SONGBIRDS  WATERBIRDS  RAPTORS & OWLS/NEAR PASSERINES  HUMMINGBIRDS & WOODPECKERS

Grand Teton National Park


Brewer's BLACKBIRD

Red-winged BLACKBIRD

Yellow-headed BLACKBIRD

Mountain BLUEBIRD (male)

Mountain BLUEBIRD (female)

BUFFLEHEAD

Sandhill CRANE
silhouette against the Grand Teton

Long-billed CURLEW

Ruddy DUCK

Cassin's FINCH (male and female)

Gray** FLYCATCHER
**note the pale band across the forehead

Willow** FLYCATCHER
**note the lack of distinct eye-ring

Western GREBE

Black-headed GROSBEAK

Swainson's HAWK

Broad-tailed** HUMMINGBIRD
**solid red gorget

Calliope** HUMMINGBIRD
**streaked red gorget

Oregon Dark-eyed JUNCO

American KESTREL

Western MEADOWLARK

OSPREY

Common RAVEN

American ROBIN

Red-naped SAPSUCKER
taking flight

Pine SISKIN

Townsend's SOLITAIRE

Chipping SPARROW

Lincoln's** SPARROW
**note fine striping on chin

Savannah (?) SPARROW

White-crowned SPARROW

Violet-green SWALLOW

VEERY 

Wilson's WARBLER

Yellow WARBLER

Yellow-rumped WARBLER

House WREN

Yellowstone National Park


Mountain BLUEBIRD

Sandhill CRANE
peekaboo!

Sandhill CRANE (baby)

American DIPPER 
in creek

Red-tailed HAWK
and landing gear

American KESTREL 
on telephone wire

Common RAVEN
and Gibbon's Falls

Spotted SANDPIPER
in grass

Tree SWALLOW
living up to its name in a dead tree

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