Great West Tour of North America 2009

(Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming , Montana, New Mexico and Idaho )


On this tour we'll have plenty of time (six weeks) for birding.  We'll start from Seattle and we'll head westwards to the Olympic NP. This National Park is one of the rarest primeval rainforests in the temperate climate (temperature and precipitation) around the world. The ecosystem "temperate rainforest" is the species-richest region within it's climate zone. A few days later we are planning to go south along the west-coast of Washington, Oregon and California. The main target birds on this route are waterfowls and shorebirds like plovers, stilts and avocets. By the end of July we will leave the coast and drive east to the massive "sky island"  in Southern Arizona best known as  the Chiricahua Mountains. The mountain range with  varied  habitats ranging from desert scrub and  arid grassland to moist forests (conifer forest and riparian woodland). The nearness to Mexico and the the range from 4000 to almost 10.000 feet produce a awesome variety of different fauna especially the avifauna. After almost two weeks in the Chiricahua Mountains we will drive Northeast to a famous rock formation the Coyotes Buttes North and South at the state border  of Arizona and Utah. In this part of our journey the main photo targets are  insects, reptiles and of course landscapes especially canyons, arches, natural bridges, gorges, continental sand dunes, hoodoos and narrows. The last two weeks are reserved for four different NP and three State Parks. The first one will be the Great Basin NP in Nevada. We visited this NP last autumn but most of the roads were already closed by high snow fall. Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP and Crater Lake NP are the next points of our interest. Over the last years we truly used to like the Yellowstone NP although we expect that this legendary park is crowded in summer when we are there. We have never visited the Crater Lake NP in Oregon but on the last days of our Great Tour 2009 we will have enough time on the way back to Seattle. In those parks we expect mammals (Moose, Pronghorn Antelope, Mule Deer and Black Bears ) and also tremendous landscapes.   



The Wave (North Coyote Buttes / Paria Canyon/ Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness)







just in comparison with me


waiting for the sun at 41°C (106 °F)


Mount Rainier NP 





Joshua Tree NP





Yellowstone NP






Hoary marmot - Eisgraues Murmeltier -  Marmota caligata (subalpine meadows)




Moose -  Elch - Alces alces












Pronghorn Antelope - Gabelbock - Antilocapra americana




Coyote - Canis latrans



Bison bison



 White-tailed Antelope Squirrel - Weißschwanz-Antilopenziesel - Ammospermophilus leucurus




House Wren - Hauszaunkönig - Trogladytes aedon





Black-headed Grosbeak - Schwarzkopf-Kernknacker - Pheucticus melanocephalus





Crissal Thrasher - Rotsteiß-Spottdrossel - Toxostoma crissale



Sandhill Crane - Kanadakranich- Grus canadensis







 Blue-throated Hummingbird - Blaukehlnymphe - Lampornis clemenciae




 Broad-billed Hummingbird- Breitschnabelkolibri - Cynanthus latirostris



Black-chinned Hummingbird - Schwarzkinnkolibri - Archilochus alexandri




Eugenes fulgens - Dickschnabelkolibri - Magnificent Hummingbird




Anna´s Hummingbird - Annakolibri - Calypte anna



  Berylline Hummingbird - Beryll-Amazilie -Amazilia beryllina



Allen´s Hummingbird - Grünrücken-Zimtelfe - Selashorus sasin



Burrowing Owl - Kaninchenkauz - Athene cunicularia





Loggerhead Shrike - Louisianawürger - Lanius ludovicianus





 Acorn Woodpecker - Eichelspecht - Melanerpes formicivorus




Arizona Woodpecker - Picoides arizonae 



 American Avocet - Amerikanischer Säbelschnäbler - Recurvirostra americana



 Black-necked Stilt - Amerikanischer Stelzenläufer - Himantopus mexicanus




Arizona Sister - Arizona Eisvogel - Adelpha eulalia





 Pale Tiger Swallowtil - Pterourus eurymedon



 Kriemhild Fritillary - Perlmutterfalter - Clossiana kriemhild




 Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui






 Queen - Danaus gilippus




Red-spotted Purple - Basilarchia astyanax




Flame Skimmer - Libellula saturata




 Eastern Pondhawk - Erythemis simplicicollis



Horse Lubber grasshopper  - Taeniopoda eques 



Diamondback Rattlesnake - Diamant-Klapperschlange - Crotalus adamanteus



Sonora Whipsnake - Kutscherpeitschennatter - Masticophis bilineatus



Clark´s Spiny Lizard - Clark's Stachelleguan - Sceloporus clarki












wird fortgesetzt

is continued / to go on