July 9, 2020

This morning my better half and I hiked up to Sky Pond at Rocky Mountain National Park.  The Glacier Gorge parking lot was full, so we parked at Bear Lake, adding another mile to the nine-mile route.  At Sky Pond we saw four different types of mammals (from largest to smallest):


Yellow-bellied Marmot


Least Chipmunk

The views were gorgeous.

Glass Lake as seen from Sky Pond


Just after we carefully picked our way down TImberline Falls, we spotted two Brown-capped Rosy Finches feeding at the edge of a snow field.  Here’s one:

Brown-capped Rosy Finch

Other birds we saw include a Hairy Woodpecker, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a White-crowned Sparrow, American Robins, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-billed Magpies, and Dark-eyed Juncos.  I also heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch, chickadees, and hummingbirds.

Golden-mantled ground squirrels were plentiful:

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel