Sunday, 15 May 2016

Another great day in the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Today started off a bit cold a rainy but we headed fore Antelope Flats and soon found Pronghorns, Bison and a lone Moose. Several Sage Thrashers showed well as did Western Meadowlark, and both Brewer;s and Vesper Sparrows.
Sage Thrasher
We then searched more of the sagebrush and found  both Short-eared Owl and a Northern Harrier hunting, plus up to 12 Greater Sage Grouse.
 
Moving on we found Red-naped Sapsuckers, lots of Mountain Bluebirds and on a lake a Barrow;s Goldeneye, Bufflehead and American Wigeon. Our next stop produced a superb Black Bear which soon walked off and out of sight behind a hill.
Black Bear
A little further on we came across Mountain Bluebirds
This Mountain Bluebird was one of may seen today.
 
Moving on the weather became better and birds and mammals began to show.
In one area we found several Clark's Nutcrackers
 
Nearby Gray Jays showed well and then we heard the distinctive call of  a Ruffed Grouse. We slowly approached and watched a bird displaying for nearly twenty minutes.
 
 
This Ruffed Grouse put on a great show. Nearby we watched Grey Jays and a very confiding Yellow-bellied Marmot.
 
To finish off a great day we called in to an area of marsh near to Jackson Hole and got great views of both Sora and Virginia Rail.
Sora
 
Virginia Rail
 
 

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