Over 311 species of birds have been documented in Yellowstone since it was first established in 1872. However, “contrary to popular belief, Yellowstone National Park is not one of the hotspots in North America for watching a great diversity of birdlife. What it does offer is an array of birds unique to this area of North America.
Some of the Park’s best birding can be found by driving from West Thumb, on Yellowstone Lake, east and north to Tower and west to Mammoth Hot Springs. As you skirt Yellowstone Lake to Fishing Bridge, stop where you can to scan for common Loon, American White crested Cormorant, Trumpeter Swan, Barrow’s Golden eye, California Gull as well as Osprey and Bald Eagle.