My family recently came and stayed with us from the Uk, so we thought we'd not only show them around town and some local sights, but also a trip to the Rockies would be in order, so we stayed in the beautiful town of Jasper for a few days, swung by Banff and Lake Louise, then drove home through Drumheller.
Of course I had some ideas to see a few species that were still on my 'want list' , and also wanted to get better photos of birds I'd seen there once before such as the Clark's Nutcracker, a species of alpine Jay that lives in the mountains.
I also got new photos of some ground squirrels that I had seen in Alberta before, and a new mammal for my life list, a North American Pika which I was very much hoping to find.
There were a few missed opportunities, seen but not photographed were Violet-green Swallows, and I didn't manage to see a Hoary Marmot or Grizzly Bear, but there's always next time !
Here are a few of my findings :
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
Dark-eyed Junco - Rocky Mountain race
Columbian Ground Squirrel
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
North American Pika