Hayden Valley, Yellowstone

September 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Trumpeter Swan, male

As we drove through the Yellowstone Arch this morning several female Elk entered through the arch with the cars.  Then on to Mammoth Hot Springs and the very active  young Elk were prancing around while the males were on the perimeter.  After spending some time watching them interact with each other we continued on to Lamar Valley and marveled at the fall colors.  From there we continued into Hayden Valley and saw several Lesser Scaup, a male Trumpeter Swan, and then a female Trumpeter Swan with three goslings near Otter Creek on the Yellowstone River.  I used two photos in todays posting.  The male with its wings outstretched and the female preening herself on a grass flat.  The goslings were about the size of the adults and grey.  Continuing on south into Hayden Valley numerous people with long lenses and spotting scopes were on the side of the road so we had to stop to find out what they were looking at.  On the east side of the road at a great distance a few Ravens and a Bald Eagle were eating at a fresh kill.  After awhile two wolves came to eat for awhile.  Then at an even greater distance on the west side of the road a Grizzly Bear could be seen.  We ate our lunch and stayed for a few hours, but the bear stayed at a great distance.  We called him a "Bear Spot" since he was only a spot in the spotting scope. 


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