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Max is right. I think your best bet would be in May. I looked for the Harlequins for years in June but only saw them once. I was always a bit too late. However I've often seen the great blue herons and their colony of nests just north of LeHardy Rapids....very cool. You'll also find a few trumpeter swans floating on the ponds over by Alum Creek and along the Firehole River in Biscuit Basin....they're absolutely gorgeous in the early morning light!

Statistics: Posted by yellvet — Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:26 am


Author: yellvet
Posted: April 26, 2018, 7:26 am
Could happen that early. On average they are there by the second week to mid-May in their greatest numbers. I've seen late-comers into mid-June.

Max

Statistics: Posted by Max — Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:20 pm


Author: Max
Posted: April 25, 2018, 7:20 pm
The Museum is on the side of a hill overlooking the Elk Refuge. SML is showing that they begin their float trips on May 12 so you may get lucky but I would expect that it will be quite cold on the water but also quite lovely!!

It doesn't look like the lake cruise in YS begin until June 11 but maybe I am misreading the website? Usually when we have gone in May, even late May there has still been a fair amount of ice still in/around Lake Yellowstone, even when it wasn't still frozen Which is has been at least once.

Having said that, we love going in May. It is usually not that crowded, the animals are near the roads, bears are out in droves and the employees are still happy!

Statistics: Posted by Zackdog31 — Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:08 pm


Author: Zackdog31
Posted: April 25, 2018, 6:08 pm
Thanks to all for their comments.

Been 9 years, way too long.

Packing shorts and parkas and boots and sandals...IOW, Rockies in spring time clothes.

Statistics: Posted by phxjcc — Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:29 am


Author: phxjcc
Posted: April 25, 2018, 5:29 pm
The road is definitely open. The cars begin queuing (north end of construction) about 2 miles south of Sheepeater's cliff. There are two sections of non-paved/dirt surface you have to drive on. It was both extremely muddy and dusty when we drove through yesterday. The cars start queuing (south end of the construction) about 1 mile north of Roaring mountain. The delays we encountered weren't too bad yesterday, but there are not that many people in the park right now. I'm sure the delays will increase as the number of visitors increases. Try to avoid the area if possible.

Statistics: Posted by Nikon_nerd — Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:51 am


Author: Nikon_nerd
Posted: April 25, 2018, 12:51 pm
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Statistics: Posted by Loonphotog — Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:41 am


Author: Loonphotog
Posted: April 25, 2018, 10:41 am
Wow!!! Thank you for all the information! That's so helpful, I'll definitely check some of these out. I'm glad to have a solid contingency plan going out there.

Statistics: Posted by luvthenps — Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:37 pm


Author: luvthenps
Posted: April 25, 2018, 12:37 am
I drove to Norris on Sunday 4/22, but not farther. The signs indicated there was construction and to expect delays of up to 30 minutes, but did not mention anything about closures. I will be passing that way today, and will try to provide a follow-up later. I didn't go to the park yesterday, considerable snow falling all day 4/23.

Statistics: Posted by Nikon_nerd — Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:41 am


Author: Nikon_nerd
Posted: April 24, 2018, 3:41 pm
Hey, I was just wondering if anyone on here knows when the Harlequin Ducks show up at Lahardy Rapids? I am going to be going up May 4th the day you are able to get to that area but looking on EBIRD I am unable to tell if they are around this early. Part of me is thinking is that because of the road not being open or are they not in this early.
Thanks

Statistics: Posted by utdan123 — Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:11 am


Author: utdan123
Posted: April 24, 2018, 1:11 pm
I use a canon 5D3 and had done so far many years, good camera. I only use original Canon batteries in my stuff, Yes they are expensive but I never have a problem and they always last all day and have for many years... That is all I can say, shop around get the best price....

Statistics: Posted by pugman170 — Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:16 pm


Author: pugman170
Posted: April 24, 2018, 1:16 am
I use a canon 5D3 and had done so far many years, good camera. I only use original Canon batteries in my stuff, Yes they are expensive but I never have a problem and they always last all day and have for many years... That is all I can say, shop around get the best price....

Statistics: Posted by pugman170 — Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:16 pm


Author: pugman170
Posted: April 24, 2018, 1:16 am
I ran into the same problem on the NF campgrounds along the Beartooth as you will. They are not open that early. Great camping but just too early. That's how I ran across Big Moose Resort.

Statistics: Posted by rzrpirate — Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:18 pm


Author: rzrpirate
Posted: April 23, 2018, 10:18 pm
I heard someone saying something about not being able to get from West Yellowstone to Mammoth right now. Is the Norris-Mammoth road closed? I thought it just had construction going on.

Statistics: Posted by RikWriter — Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:23 am


Author: RikWriter
Posted: April 23, 2018, 3:23 pm
I don't know they're any more closely related than they would be to other types of waders. Stilts are pretty widespread, and I've photographed different species both in Latin America and Africa, and they're found in the far eastern hemisphere too. Plovers come in different shapes and sizes. These plovers are rather small (noticeably smaller than stilts), but there are some species previously classified as lapwings that are now called plovers, which are larger in body size (e.g., the Blacksmith plover in Africa).

I would guess that stilts are more closely related to avocets than they are to plovers, but I could be wrong and that could simply be a case of parallel evolution.

Max

Statistics: Posted by Max — Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:05 am


Author: Max
Posted: April 23, 2018, 6:05 am

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