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REPORT: June 22, 2022 - Half-day in Glacier NP with Elaina and Brian S.

Updated: Apr 28

Meeting Elaina and Brian in Apgar at 5:45am, we started our half-day tour down the

White-winged Crossbill
wildflowers in the Camas Creek meadow

seldom-traveled Inside North Fork road. We targeted the classic western Rockies birds, and at our first stop for the morning we got a good selection! Olive-sided Flycatcher, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Cassin's Vireo and MacGillivray's Warbler all showed well.


The wildlflowers are in full bloom in June, and we took a few minutes to enjoy the variety of colors and shapes on display along the trail.


Our second stop was the always-wonderful Camas Creek trail.


Walking out into the meadow, we were greeted by a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the beautiful setting of distant mountains and flowery foreground. Lincoln's Sparrow, Townsend's Warbler, Canada Jay, and a White-winged Crossbill rounded out the list for the morning. On the drive back to Apgar, they asked me about spotting bears, and I replied with "well, at least on the west side of the park, they are a bit hard to find. You can visit a dozen times and not see one, but you can also get lucky and find a bear right along the road!" In fact, I had a young Grizzly Bear along the "inside road" just a few days before!


young Grizzly Bear I saw along the road a few days prior! Elaina and Brian saw one at this spot the day after our tour!

Elaina reached out to me the following day to tell me that they enjoyed the spots I showed them so much that they returned that next morning. Much to their surprise, they ended up seeing multiple Black Bears and a Grizzly! Luck was on their side!

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