Monday, June 9, 2014

WY - badger and marten 06/09

We are currently on our way south heading towards Colorado after five spectacular days based in Jackson, Wyoming. Naturally, we spent a good deal of that time in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Overall it's been excellent, but dare I say that the mammals positively upstaged the birding on this particular visit?

Personal highlights included a close American Badger at the roadside just north of Pinedale, and an inquisitive American Marten right next to a popular hiking trail at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

American Badger - by Rt 191, north of Pinedale, Wyoming. June 9th, 2014.
We're having a spectacular trip for this species with three sightings involving four animals thus far.

American Marten - String Lake Trail, Grand Teton NP, Wyoming. June 9th, 2014.

 Ruffed Grouse - male, Bridger Teton NF,  Wyoming. June 9th, 2014.

 Ruffed Grouse - male displaying, Bridger Teton NF,  Wyoming. June 8th, 2014.
This was the first of three displaying males in just one afternoon in the National Forest.

 Magillivray's Warbler - male, Bridger Teton NF, Wyoming. June 9th, 2014. 

 Magillivray's Warbler - male, Grand Teton NP,  Wyoming. June 8th, 2014. 

1 comment:

Helen Heyes said...

Wanna trade a poorwill for a badger, a marten and a Ruffed Grouse? Sounds like a great trip - very envious! Really pleased Jim got the ptarmigan and Mountain Plover. The trip report for the grouse trip is now with the boss - hope I've done it justice.