Bird Watching


Bird watching at Parade Rest Ranch is a uniquely rewarding experience. Over 75 different species of birds can be spotted amidst the ranch buildings, corrals, creeks and grounds. By walking, hiking or horseback ride, serious bird watchers can spot can spot American White Pelicans, Bald Eagles, Osprey and Hawks, Sandhill Cranes and even Spotted Sandpipers. Great Horned Owls, Warblers, Woodpeckers, Swallows and Wrens abound in the Aspen trees. You can even spot a Mountain Bluebird or four different species of finches winging past cabin porches. Colorful Calliope, Broad-tailed and Rufous Hummingbirds dart into nearby feeders. while sounds of Killdeer, Gary Catbird, Warblers, can be heard from your porch.


Summer’s warm sunny days and temperatures turn the ranch into a wealth of garden blossoms, flowering shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers. All this greenery attracts dozens of birds to the ranch. Barn swallows dart around the buildings, the chickadees have a nest in the lilac bush. The distinct staccato of downy woodpeckers can be heard in early mornings. Our resident bald eagle can be spotted along with the seasonal osprey diving along the gravel road leading to the ranch.
Evening grosbeaks can be spotted too. And, dinner is much more enjoyable when you can watch the hummingbirds at the feeders outside the windows.

Wonderful birding “hot spots” can also be found within just 13 miles of Parade Rest Ranch. Near by Yellowstone National Park boasts over 311 documented species of birds. Just six miles east of the West entrance to Yellowstone, on the south side of the road, you can spot a large snag supporting a big stick nest located near the top of the tree. This nest has been home to mating bald eagles since 2002. Just a few miles further, trumpeter swans, ducks and geese, along with snipe and soras are easily seen near Seven Mile Bridge. Drive seven miles further to the Madison Junction picnic areas inhabited by savannah sparrows, ruby-crowned kinglets, yellow-rumped warblers and mountain bluebirds.