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):

Elk

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Pika

Least Chipmunk

The views were gorgeous.

Glass Lake as seen from Sky Pond

Sharkstooth

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