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We had gone up to the medicine Bow Trail to look for wildflowers the other day. There were many new ones and they were gorgeous.

But I kept hearing this noise. I’d look about but didn’t see anything. Well, I was looking in the distance when, all of a sudden, this Ptarmigan was meandering right toward us about 10 feet away.

It was just beautiful…all mottled brown with white feathers. It hadn’t lost its winter feathers of total white to camouflage in the snow and its brown camouflage summer feathers hadn’t finished growing in yet. What a beautiful bird!

It walked up and perched on a rock. Phil got a great photograph of him there. Then he posed on one foot. Cute, don’t you think?

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He stayed there for a while and then started meandering down the trail. You can see how close Phil was to him. He was as curious about us as we were about him. Amazing.

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I got some more great photographs of this gorgeous Ptarmigan, so stayed tuned in tomorrow for Part II!

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4 Responses to “We Saw A Ptarmigan Up On The Tundra In Rocky Mountain National Park!”

  1. Manny says:

    Nature sometimes sure goes wild with its pallet!

  2. Debra Niedbalski says:

    Wow, it blends in with the rock! Amazing!

  3. Kathleen says:

    We did see them on the (back end) of the Cub Lake Trail. They do not seem to be particularly afraid of hikers. Lovely bird…

  4. Mel says:

    Kathleen, it was probably a Blue Grouse that you saw on the Cub Lake Trail as the Ptarmigan only live up on the tundra.
    Mel

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