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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.
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.
(My favorite photos are highlighted.)