Diverse habitats within park boundaries welcome resident and migrating bird species. Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) nest along the caldera cliffs. American dippers (Cinclus mexicanus, America's only aquatic songbird) forage at the bottom of fast-flowing streams. Subalpine areas are home to the gray-crowned rosy finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis). Wildfire burned forests attract a variety of woodpeckers including the rare black-backed (Picoides arcticus) and three-toed (Picoides dorsalis) woodpeckers. Common mergansers (Mergus merganser) raise families on the lake, and calls of songbirds permeate the forests and meadows.
After downloading a bird list from the species list below, click this link for more infornation on where to go birdwatching.
This downloadable species list is the most current list of sitings as recorded by the park wildlife biolgist. If you identity or photograph a bird that is not commonly observed in the park, submit your findings via email through Contact Us found at the bottom of each webpage.
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Last updated: April 26, 2022