This is the place to go to for mountain views.Entrance is included with the Yellowstone National Park entrance fee, and the journey to it if you are staying in West Yellowstone as we were is 2 hours by park roads. Well paved roads run adjacent to the 40 miles long Teton range, which on a good sunny day as we had are stunning. This is backed by the large man made Jackson Lake, open grassland, and some areas of conifers. The area can be covered in a loop, which encloses part of the flow of the Snake River.
After picking up a pair of female Moose at the Jackson Lake junction, we tried for more at Oxbow Bend lookout, which is supposed to be more of a likely spot for them. They weren't party to this bit of info however, although American White Pelicans overflew and also landed on the spot, with Gadwall and American Wigeon on the river. A Yellow Warbler was close to the overlook, with a Song Sparrow singing in the brush and an Osprey over.
Taking the Teton Park Road first, the dam held a healthy population of Cliff Swallows under the bridge. Further along at the Jenny Lake lookout, a group of Red-breasted Nuthatches were overhead. Despite the crowds, the Jenny Lake visitor centre was quite good for birds on the short trails from it, which were overall also devoid of people. Yellow Warbler was again here, with singing Ruby-crowned Kinglet overhead, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. The centre buildings were busy with Violet-green & Tree Swallows, with Brown-headed Cowbirds eager for crumbs.
The moose overlook only a short way along the Willson Road provided just that - a mother and calf Moose, playing hide and seek in the bushes next to the pond. A Northern Flicker flew through with a couple of secretive Chipping Sparrows and not so shy Cordilleran Flycatcher just below the onlookers. For those not fortunate enough to see Bison as yet, herds were in the Antelope Flats and from Gros Ventre Road.