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Yellowstone National Park, Midwest United States (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Yellowstone National Park, Midwest United States

Map of Yellowstone National Park, Midwest United States



Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Northern River Otter (Lontra canadensis) Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) American Bison (Bison bison) Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) - Juvenile Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) Elk (Cervus elaphus) - Female Yellow Pine Chipmunk (Tamias amoenus) Brewers Sparrow (Spizella breweri)
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) - Male Breeding Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) - Audubons Male Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Barrows Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) Uinta Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus armitus)
Coyote (Canis latrans) Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)


Trips

Moving the Car

7/12/2012: I drove to Billings Montana to pick up Barbara early in the morning. After buying some pillows, we headed out to the wilderness for our camping (with pillows) adventure.

My primary goal in visiting Yellowstone was to find and photograph wolves. Everyone back home was pretty dismissive of the possibility, but that will never stop me.

So, about the wolves, we spent most of the afternoon in the Lamar Valley looking for them. At one point, we spotted a couple of Coyotes (including one with a radio collar), and that kept us on edge. I was starting to think that we would not see the wolves. We found a group of wolf spotters who had seen a wolf half an hour before. But there would be no wolves for us that night.

We tried again, leaving even before sunrise. There was a gray fox just outside our cabin, so now we had two canids and no wolf. After spending most of the morning waiting for wolves, we decided to take an easy win and check out a river otter family in a lake nearby.

After some great viewing of River Otters, we dropped by the wolf location for one last look. On the side of the road, we saw a bunch of people with spotting scopes, and sure enough, there was a wolf wandering around in the river bed. After a bit of time and repositioning, the wolf crossed the road right behind our car!

For the rest of our trip to Yellowstone, we took a few short hikes. We were not successful in finding brown bears other than a couple of tiny dots in a spotting scope. We had some trouble with testy bison. It rained for the whole afternoon. There was a power outage, and we nearly were stuck sleeping in the car. Finally we found a camping spot late at night.

No one had even heard of Lark Buntings or Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

Birds 12, Scott 9









Previous Visit (Theodore Roosevelt National Park - South Unit: 7/11/2012)
Next Visit (Grand Teton National Park: 7/13/2012)



Species Recorded (54)

Birds ( 38 )

Grebes ( Podicipedidae )
Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis
Canada Goose - Branta canadensis
Barrow's Goldeneye - Bucephala islandica

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
American Coot - Fulica americana

Cranes ( Gruidae )
Sandhill Crane - Antigone canadensis

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius

Swifts ( Apodidae )
White-throated Swift - Aeronautes saxatalis

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Cordilleran Flycatcher - Empidonax occidentalis

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Cliff Swallow - Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Bank Swallow - Riparia riparia
Tree Swallow - Tachycineta bicolor

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos
Common Raven - Corvus corax
Gray Jay - Perisoreus canadensis
Black-billed Magpie - Pica hudsonia

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Mountain Chickadee - Poecile gambeli

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Mountain Bluebird - Sialia currucoides
American Robin - Turdus migratorius

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
American Pipit - Anthus rubescens

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Setophaga coronata

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Western Tanager - Piranga ludoviciana

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis
Lincoln's Sparrow - Melospiza lincolnii
Vesper Sparrow - Pooecetes gramineus
Brewer's Sparrow - Spizella breweri
Clay-colored Sparrow - Spizella pallida
Chipping Sparrow - Spizella passerina

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus
Brewer's Blackbird - Euphagus cyanocephalus
Brown-headed Cowbird - Molothrus ater

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
Pine Siskin - Spinus pinus

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus

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