Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Yellowstone Wildlife Megapost

As many of you know, I've recently had a big change in my life when it comes to what I do on a daily basis- I've moved offices and began a new position last week.  I'm getting settled in and adjusting to the new schedule.  I haven't gotten out much on my own time.   I also have so much material from Yellowstone it is unbelievable, but with this post, I'll wrap things up and bring this blog back to Ohio once again.  I hope you enjoy some of the cooler things we observed the first week of June 2010.

Cinnamon teal, Anas cyanoptera

Sage thrasher, Oreoscoptes montanus

Unknown raptor

Yellow-headed blackbird, Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Audubon's warbler, Dendroica auduboni, recently elevated to species rank once again.

Common raven, Corvus corax

And the Mammals

Uinta ground squirrel, Urocitellus armatus

Bighorn sheep, Ovis canadensis

Grizzly Bear, Ursus arctos horribilis

 American black bear, Ursus americanus 

Coyote, Canis latrans

and finally:

American badger, Taxidea taxus

And there you go, I hope you enjoyed my little adventure to Yellowstone as much as I did.


  1. I especially like your pics of the cinnamon teal, the bighorn sheep and the badger. too cool. How close was the badger? Isn't that what "got" Ernest on Ernest goes to camp?

  2. The badger was pretty close. There's a story there.

  3. Tom: Great photos from your trip, wonderful captures of nature.

  4. Tom, how close were you to that black bear? I hope it was just a good lens that got you close up, because , it looked pretty scary!

  5. wow..what great stuff you saw! I have always wanted to see a yellow headed Blackbird. So pretty. All of these are great. Love the bears and the badger both

  6. Absolutely beautiful photo series Tom! You make me long for a trip there myself.

  7. Thanks everyone. I was close to the bear, but not as close as that picture makes it seem. I was shooting from the car, so I was safe. There was a huge bear jam along the road that afternoon as we left the park. I'd encourage anyone interested in nature to make a trip to Yellowstone in early June- you'll absolutely be amazed.

  8. Cool capture of the Yellowstone birds and critters. Love the badger.

  9. hi- you may already know this by now, but I think your mystery raptor is a Swainson's hawk!