Monday, August 1, 2016

Exciting Birding at Rocky Mountain National Park

Late last month, my wife and I spent some time at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Unlike our previous trip in 2011, the road up to the Alpine Visitor's Center was open, and we were able to fully enjoy everything that this beautiful park has to offer. (The first time we visited was in the late fall, and snow had forced the park to close the road.)

What we found around the visitor's center at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level were unbelievable views at every turn and interesting wildlife everywhere. From my target bird, White-tailed Ptarmigan, to the elk and moose, there was always something to watch. At times, it was honestly hard to decide if we should be enjoying the views or looking at the wildlife!

Here are a few of my favorite images from our time in the park.

The view from the Alpine Visitor's Center at 11,796 feet.

The view from Rainbow Curve, my wife's favorite spot in the park. 
Yellow-bellied Marmots are very common in the park.
Even though Elk are huge animals, the mountains can make them look small.
The White-tailed Ptarmigan was my target bird for the trip and one of seven lifers I found during our time in Colorado.
We had an awesome trip and will certainly be back to one of our favorite national parks soon! 

What is your favorite national park for birding?