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Courtesy of James P. Smith

The thrill of finding some of North America’s most difficult-to-find species was especially rewarding for Jim Hamilton, one of Birdfinders’ more regular participants, who bagged two important lifers – Black Swift and White-tailed Ptarmigan. Indeed, it was a stellar tour for the latter with close-up sightings in Rocky Mountains National Park and Mount Evans. Some other key species were in short supply and we had to work especially hard for Ferruginous Hawk, Mountain Plover and Greater Sage-Grouse but we eventually got them all. If some of the birds were hard to find, then we were fortunate indeed to have another fantastic tour for mammals with a brilliant show of American Badgers in Wyoming and our first American Marten in Grand Teton National Park. All of this took place in some of the best scenery in North America which, coupled with superb weather, only served to enhance the enjoyment of the trip.

Gracious thanks to all our participants on the tour who shared patience and good humour throughout the trip.

Good birding

James P. Smith, Northfield, MA, USA

Ruffed Grouse White-tailed Ptarmigan
White-tailed Ptarmigan
American Bittern
Swainson's Hawk Mountain Plover
Common Nighthawk Black Swift
Prairie Falcon Grey Vireo
Horned Lark Juniper Titmouse
American Pipit Clark's Nutcracker
MacGillivray's Warbler Black-throated Grey Warbler
Black Rosy-finch American Badger
American Marten Pronghorn
Falls in Yellowstone
Flaming Gorge Landscape
Jackson Hole from Rendevous Mountain
Rocky Mountains National Park
View from Mount Evans
Yellowstone National Park
McCown's Longspur

McCown's Longspur