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A favorite for birdwatchers

The ranch and surrounding area is home to what seems like an endless variety and number of birds. The stunning Mountain Bluebird is often spied as are Western Wood Peewees and Willow Flycatchers. Brilliant Violet Green Swallows and Red-naped Sapsuckers are also seen flitting among the cabins. Keep your eyes open to also view the Bullocks Oriole, Northern Flicker, House Wren, Western Meadowlark and Yellow Warbler.

 

Lewis’ Woodpecker and Clark’s Nutcracker

Appropriately, Lewis’ Woodpecker (named after the explorer Meriwether Lewis) and Clark’s Nutcracker (named after the explorer Willliam Clark) are often seen at the ranch too.

 

Birds of prey

There’s also the opportunity to see many different birds of prey either at the ranch or out on the trail. It’s not uncommon to see Eagles (Bald and Golden), a variety of Hawks and the Great Horned Owl, whose hoots may lull you to sleep.

 

See more photos (all bird photos courtesy of our guest, David)!