You seldom go through Jasper National Park without seeing some of the big wildlife. This trip we saw Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and Elk (Wapiti), no Black or Grizzly Bears and no Moose, but, you can’t have it all. We were amazed how much more bird life there was around on this trip than there was in April..
Obviously, the water birds will not return until the ice melts and many of the song birds are likely waiting for the weather to warm up. That being said, we found April much warmer than May, so perhaps they should check their Google Weather or Farmer’s Almanac next time.
We saw loons (no, not us), pileated woodpeckers, Common Goldeneyes, several types of Mergansers, ducks, geese, robins, chickadees, sparrows and swallows. We heard the Grey Jay and Blue Jay calls, as well as the chest beating of the ruffed grouse (drummer partridge), but they all stayed hidden from view.
It truly was a pleasure to be fortunate enough to observe so much wildlife just doing their thing. Jasper, we will be back soon.