More Beartooth Highway Wildlife


Some of the Beartooth Mountains’ viewpoints had safe walking paths from the parking lot to the viewpoint itself.


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Beartooth Highway pathway from parking lot to a viewpoint


It was along these pathways I happened upon a few other wildlife species.

The first photo is a new bird subspecies for me, the Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon) that resides mainly west of the Rocky Mountains.  At home, we have the Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) that resides east of the Rocky Mountains.

The difference?  The Myrtle warbler has a white throat; the Audubon has a yellow throat.  It moved on super quick!


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Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon)


There were cute little chipmunks that were quick to run too, not wanting their photo taken.

I lucked out on this brave one, staring me down.  I felt like I was having a Clint Eastwood moment….  😂


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Least Chipmunk staring me down


And finally, I captured three species of squirrels.


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Red Squirrel


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Red Squirrel


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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel – female
(I shot this from a distance of someone feeding sunflower seeds to them)


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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel – Female (packing those jaws one-handed!)


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Female Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel heading back home with food, or maybe to hide it


This next species is also in the ground squirrel family and a new wildlife sighting for me, the Yellow-bellied Marmot.

It was not only a treat to see and capture, but it was a Mama marmot and her youngster.


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Yellow-bellied Marmot (female)


The Mama marmot had left her youngster at a tree trunk while she was foraging for food.


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Yellow-bellied Marmot (youngster) at the tree trunk, getting curious


That curiosity pulled the youngster a few feet away to a pile of rocks.  Suddenly, the youngster popped up, looking for Mama.


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“Where are you, Mama?”


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“Have you seen my Mama?”


It was the cutest moment!  And, as if on cue, Mama was back.  They quickly ran and disappeared down a hole by the tree trunk, to what I’m guessing was their home.

It was dinner time!


51 thoughts on “More Beartooth Highway Wildlife

  1. I like the way that you ‘happen upon’ these things, just as though very careful looking and listening was not involved. I could walk along the same path and not happen upon anything. 🙂

  2. What interesting and very different creatures you have roaming around over there Donna, I have never seen so many I have never seen, it just shows how differently God has furnished our continents with creatures that suite the specific environments he has created. I loved chasing squirrels in Britain, they are so cute. 🙂

  3. Nice group of animals and a variant of Yellow-rumped Warbler from the West. Great shots, Donna. 🙂

  4. Yeah, well watch out for them red squirrels… they’ve been known to bite fingers! I adore those marmot shots! What a treat.

  5. Cute fellows and as in many places, the are not to shy when there is food in the neighbourhood 😉
    I experienced the same in Switerland and Austria…. Leaving you backpack alone and opened was no good idea ! 🙂

  6. Great photos Donna! Seeing those marmots reminds me of when we saw a whole family running around the rocks way above Saas Fee. See here in case you missed them: They were so cute! Also I took a video the other day of one (possibly a juvenile) on my walk up to Sasseneire. I didn’t download it until after I’d posted my pics. So should I post it do you think?

    • Thank you, Mike! This was my first time seeing marmots. I knew what they were, but I didn’t know that they were in the squirrel family. I jumped to your post on marmots, great shots as well! They are cute! I’d enjoy your marmot video if you posted it. 🙂

  7. Wonderful collection of rodents, Donna! The chipmunk staring you down was very brave! We have red squirrels here, and I adore the close-up you got. Never knew of golden-mantled ground squirrels, how pretty they are. Your portraits are amazing! The young marmot is such a darling. 🙂

    • Thank you, Barbara! Cutie-pies, even though they are rodents. 🙂 I really had a laugh at the chipmunk, I didn’t approach it but I didn’t leave either; and the little bugger just sat there, lol. I gave in first! 😉

  8. Oh my goodness! We saw so many squirrels and chipmunks on our recent Utah parks road trip. So cute! We saw a sign for Marmot crossing, but no Marmots. Now I know what they look like! Simply adorable! Lovely photos ❤

    • Thank you, Lisa! Yes, they are regular residents at all the mid-west park viewpoints, they’re smart and know people will bring them food! This was my first marmots, so I did enjoy that thrill, including the youngster who was just too cute!

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