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2018 Field Trip Reports

Rocky Mountain National Park

Date: June 2, 2018

Observers: Patricia Cohn, Barbara Jones, Irene Fortune, Diane Kristoff, Christine and Richard Sparks, and Ron Harden

On June 2, FCAS members enjoyed a beautiful morning in Rocky Mountain National Park. The group visited the high altitude tundra, down through the sub-alpine and into the montane forests, after starting at the lower altitude Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.

On the tundra, no Ptarmigan were found, but Brown-capped Rosy-Finches were watched foraging, as were American Pipit, White-crowned Sparrow, and Horned Lark. Descending in altitude, the succession of first sightings were: Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Robin, Mountain Bluebird, Common Raven, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Violet-green Swallow, Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Tanager, Turkey Vulture, Warbling Vireo, House Wren, Western Wood-PeWee, Steller's Jay, Dusky Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Chickadee, Red-naped Sapsucker, Pine Siskin, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Wild Turkey, Red-tailed Hawk, Tree Swallow, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, and White-breasted Nuthatch.

See Ptarmigan for more information.